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Release: Nov. 4, 1999

Parkin Memorial Lecture on Aging to address nursing home residents’ empowerment

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The impact of assisted living on nursing homes will be the topic at an upcoming University of Iowa College of Medicine lecture.

Philip D. Sloane, M.D., M.P.H., Elizabeth and Oscar Goodwin Distinguished Professor of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will give the fourth annual Parkin Memorial Lecture on Aging from 4 to 5 p.m. Nov. 8. The lecture will be held in Braley Auditorium, room 01136 in the Pomerantz Family Pavilion at the UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Sloane, who is also co-director of the Program on Aging, Disablement and Long-Term Care at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at North Carolina, has researched topics on aging including Alzheimer’s disease, behavioral problems and residential care/assisted living. He has been actively involved in the care of elderly persons and is regarded as a leading physician in geriatric and family medicine.

Sloane’s lecture, "New Developments in the Care of Older Persons: Impact of Assisted Living on Nursing Homes," will focus on how specific programs may empower nursing home residents and allow them to obtain appropriate care without losing their dignity.

The lecture is one in an annual series named for Joe L. Parkin, a Derby, Iowa, native and a UI student in 1943. Before Parkin died in 1993, he was an executive for Bankers Life and Casualty Company in Chicago and president of the Retirement Research Foundation, a private foundation devoted to aging and retirement issues. The organization gives millions of dollars every year in grants to support programs, research and public policy studies to improve the lives of the elderly in America.

The Parkin Memorial Lecture on Aging was established in 1996 with a $75,000 gift from the Retirement Research Foundation. The lectureship focuses on developments in policy, practice and research that affect the elderly with lectures given by guests from interdisciplinary fields.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Continuing medical education credit is available. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend UI-sponsored events. If you are a person who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please call the UI Office of Continuing Medical Education at (319) 335-8598.