Senior Health


March 8, 2019

Patient, 88, Perseveres to Earn Graduate Degree

Shirley Pence, 88, has learned the open secret about aging: To be able to keep doing things, you need to keep doing things. “It’s about perseverance,” Pence said. A patient of Priya Mendiratta, M.D., in the Thomas and Lyon Longevity Clinic at the UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, surgery at UAMS for carpal…


Aging Institute Helps Patient Thrive at 75

Nancy Alewine, 75, is a typical loving, caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Known by her family as “Nana,” she loves to garden, cook, read and take care of her cats, Captain and Tennille. However, she’s not as average as you might think. When she isn’t at her Little Rock home or volunteering, she is completing…


‘Lewy’s Here’: Popular Coach Shares Journey with Lewy Body Dementia

With his wife, Jennifer, by his side, the 62-year-old says he’s confident he’s got the best team of professionals with the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging at UAMS as he faces a life that’s slipping away.Tom Webb knows a lot about building confidence, teaching strategy and working toward a goal as a team. “I was…


Aging Gracefully

In his role as an electrical engineer who was a contract employee for NASA, Larry Ritterbush worked to develop future technologies. But when he envisioned his retirement years, he never imagined being confined to a wheelchair, unable to care for himself and facing the possibility of having his foot amputated. Due to the comprehensive medical care…


Centenarian Exerciser Finds No Place Like UAMS

A physically active lifestyle has been a hallmark of Charlotte Cone’s 100 years. A regular walker and tender of flower and vegetable gardens even into her advanced years, she made it a point to stay fit. The daily walks and gardening may be history, but she believes regular exercise at the UAMS Donald W. Reynolds…


Walking Into a Healthier Lifestyle with SilverSneakers

After losing her husband of 47 years, Joyce Elrod felt a little lost herself. She had spent countless hours at the hospital with him before he passed away, and she was his constant caregiver for several years prior to his death. After his death, she gained some weight and became depressed. Months after her husband’s…


UAMS Gives 86-Year-Old Artist Ability to Create

Countless hours spent hovering over his original three-dimensional works of art, chiseling and shaping and drilling the large colorful panels, is hard work for anybody. “Let alone a man of my age,” said Michael Butner, 86, a Little Rock artist. “It’s very taxing on my old bones.” So much so that Michael relies on weekly…


UAMS Helps Arthritis Patient Feel Again

After suffering from a severe condition of rheumatoid arthritis, Teddy Jones is now able to walk again. For four years, he spent his time either in his wheelchair or hospital bed. He was unable to do any of the activities outside that he enjoyed doing such as gardening and fishing. Teddy credits UAMS for his…


You Should Know This Lady

If you live in Little Rock’s Hillcrest neighborhood near UAMS, maybe you have attended one of her “know your neighbors” front porch watermelon festivals. If you exercise in the Ottenheimer Fitness Center at Reynolds Institute, you recognize her as that “incredible 90-year-old woman who works out just about every day.” And if you are Paul…


Love and Longevity

Soon after celebrating his 80th birthday, Philip Jonsson started feeling a little O-L-D. Slowing down was unheard of in this talented businessman’s lifestyle. For many years, he had been an active member of business and civic communities in Arkansas and Texas, working in the petroleum exploration and production industry and running financial institutions. Currently, he…