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CONTACT: Patricia Harris
283 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8037
e-mail: patricia-harris@uiowa.edu

Release: Immediate

Nursing conference to address health promotion, disease prevention in aging

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Health promotion and disease prevention in aging populations will be the focus of a major conference that will bring top health care professionals in nursing, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and other areas of health care and research to the University of Iowa August 28-30. They will address a wide range of health-related topics that effect the elderly and aging, ranging from health care trends to specific health and safety issues like depression, falls and smoking.

The conference, "Vitality Throughout the Adult Lifecycle: Interventions to Promote Health," will present experts in gerontology from across the country, plus Denmark and Canada. Conference speakers will cover diverse topics related to aging, including the importance of exercise for older people; stress management during aging; smoking cessation; and depression in the elderly, to be presented by Dr. Judith Crossett, the first board-certified geropsychiatrist in Iowa. Presenters of special note include Dr. Kathryn Dean, Ph.D., of Population Health Studies in Copenhagen, Denmark; and Dr. Kate Lorig, Dr.PH, of the Stanford University School of Medicine, among others.

Other topics to be addressed include health promotion in a managed care environment, caregiver and genetic issues, alternative health care providers and future directions in health promotion and disease prevention research.

The location of this conference is especially appropriate. The UI College of Nursing is a national leader in gerontological nursing research and the state of Iowa has the second-largest per capita population of senior citizens in the country. In the last U.S. census, 15.3% of the state's population was over the age of 65. Issues associated with aging will become increasingly important as we enter the 21st century; the U.S. Census Bureau estimates the population of elderly citizens in the U.S. will more than double to about 80 million by the middle of the next century. By then, as many as one in five Americans could be over 65, the bureau projects.

The conference is co-sponsored by the UI Gerontological Nursing Interventions Research Center and the American Academy of Nursing. Additional co-sponsors include the UI College of Medicine, Woodrow and Inabelle Morris, Glaxo Wellcome, the Geriatric Psychiatric Alliance, Bandag, Inc., the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the UI Cancer Center, and the UI Center on Aging. There is continuing education credit available in nursing, medicine, dentistry, social work, family medicine, psychology, dietetics, nursing home administration, and chiropractic. For more information about the conference, please contact Nancy Goldsmith at (319) 335-7133. She can also be reached via e-mail at nancy-goldsmith@uiowa.edu.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Goldsmith.

8/12/97