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Release: Aug. 26, 1999

Celebrities highlight local International Year of Older Persons celebrations

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers, football hall-of-famer Otto Graham, baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller and former world-ranked University of Iowa swimmer Rob Leyshon headline local celebrations of the International Year of Older Persons this fall.

Brothers will give a lecture titled, "Older and Better" Friday evening, Oct. 1 at Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus, while the two hall-of-famers and Leyshon will appear at a luncheon and intergenerational festival from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 at Iowa City's Robert A. Lee Recreation Center. Free tickets to attend Brothers' lecture can be obtained by calling Mercy on Call at (319) 358-2767 or toll-free from outside the Iowa City calling area at (800) 358-2767. Tickets for Saturday's boxed luncheon cost $5 and are also available from Mercy on Call at these numbers. Intergenerational festival events are free and open to the public, and no tickets are required.

Other celebration events include an exhibit of work by local artists, a stage featuring local musicians and entertainers, intergenerational games and information tables.

"We want to share and encourage people to see the gifts of older persons and their importance in our society," said Karin Brunk of the UI College of Nursing, a major sponsor of the events. "Far too frequently, our society diminishes the worth and contributions of elders -- we want to celebrate them."

The United Nations designated 1999 as the International Year of Older Persons to call attention to issues of aging and to promote the theme, "Towards a society for all ages." In Iowa, more than 15 percent of the population is 65 or older and those over 85 -- the "oldest old" -- constitute 2 percent of the population, the highest percentage in the United States.

In addition to the College of Nursing and its Adult and Gerontology Nursing area of study, major sponsors of "Celebrate! International Year of Older Persons 1999" are UI Health Care and Mercy Iowa City. Other sponsors include the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center; Sterling House Assisted Living; Liberty Country Living; Lensing Funeral and Cremation Services; the Elderly Services Agency; the UI Office of the Provost; the UI Center on Aging; the UI Aging Studies Program; the Iowa Geriatric Education Center; Pathways Adult Day Health Center; Johnson County Hospice; the Alzheimer's Association of East Central Iowa; UI Hospital School; and UI Family Services.

For more information, call the Adult and Gerontology Nursing area of study at
(319) 335- 7067.