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Release: Sept. 28, 1999

Group releases full schedule for local Year of Older Persons celebrations Oct. 1-2

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Celebrities, fun, food and useful information are in store for everyone during local festivities celebrating the International Year of Older Persons Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1-2 in Iowa City. Psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers, baseball pitching great Bob Feller, University of Iowa swimming record holder Rob Leyshon, and Judith Conlin, director of the Iowa Department of Elder Affairs, are just a few of the celebration's attractions. Clowns, storytellers, stage entertainment by local performers, art, and hobby, craft, and travel tips by local volunteers will also help create a festival atmosphere.

"We're sure there will be something for everyone to enjoy," said Karin Brunk of the UI College of Nursing, a major sponsor of the celebration. "It promises to be a fun and entertaining weekend highlighting our elders."

The Eastern Iowa International Year of Older Persons Committee that Brunk leads has released a complete schedule of celebration events. All are free and open to the public, except where noted:

Friday, Oct. 1 -- An evening with Dr. Joyce Brothers, Clapp Recital Hall, UI campus.

6 p.m.: Senior art exhibit and reception, Clapp Recital Hall lobby. Artists: John Birkbeck, Byron Burford, Kay Full, Joseph Giglierano, Gilbert Glandorf, Gladys Johnson, Phyllis Lance, Retha Jane Mason, Jafar Mogadam, Anne Perkins, Hope Solomon, Ferne Brunk Temple (1906-1988), Mary W. Wall, Marcia Wegman, Virginia Ziskovsky.

7 p.m.: Dr. Joyce Brothers on "Older and Better," preceded by Voices of Soul, Ron Teague, director. Roy Justis, emcee.

Free tickets are required for this event. To obtain free tickets, call Mercy on Call at 358-2767, or toll-free from outside the Iowa City calling area at (800) 358-2767.

Saturday, Oct. 2 -- Hall of Fame luncheon and Intergenerational Festival, Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert St., Iowa City.

Noon to 1 p.m.: Hall of Fame luncheon with baseball pitching great Bob Feller, Cleveland Indians, (1936-1956), Social Hall (upstairs); Judith Conlin, emcee. Tickets for the Hall of Fame luncheon cost $5 each and can be obtained by calling Mercy on Call at 358-2767, or toll-free from

outside the Iowa City calling area at (800) 358-2767.

1 to 4 p.m.: Intergenerational festival. All events free and open to the public.

Rec Center parking lot: Active events. 1 to 4 p.m., batting cage with Bob Feller; 1 p.m., one- to two-mile walk with Judith Conlin, director, Iowa Department of Elder Affairs.

Social Hall: Stage entertainment. 1 p.m., Don's Music Four; 1:45 p.m., Ocean Waves square dance exhibition; 2:15 p.m., Voices of Experience senior choir; 3 p.m., Sweet Adelines women's choir; 3:30 p.m., Taylor Trio mother and daughters singing trio. R.J. Winkelhake, emcee. Drinks by Hardee's and snacks by New Pioneer Cooperative.

Classroom A: Educational sessions. 1:30 p.m., "Exercise and Aging," by Kate Cardamon, P.T., Progressive Rehabilitation Associates - Mercy Iowa City; 2 p.m., "Mental Health and Healthy Aging," by Judith H.W. Crossett, M.D., Ph.D., UI Health Care; 2:30 p.m., "Long-Term Care Insurance," by Janet Specht, Ph.D., UI College of Nursing and Veterans Affairs Medical Center; 3 p.m., "Geriatric health assessment: Meeting the Unique Needs of Older Adults," by Paul Mulhausen, M.D., UI Health Care and V.A. Medical Center. Gloria Bulechek, Ph.D., emcee.

Classroom B: Travel adventure tips and individual consultation. Topics include travel planning using the Internet; budget travel; Elderhostel adventures; cruises for mature travelers; recreation vehicle travel; bicycle trips; and tips for traveling single. Presenters include Phyllis Braverman, Richard and Raye Blanchard, Phil Hubbard, Al and Jean Hood, Dick Stevenson, Nancy Ringstrom, and Norlin Boyd.

Ground floor lobby: Information tables. UI College of Nursing, UI Health Care, Mercy Iowa City, Gannett Foundation/Iowa City Press-Citizen. Also, welcome table, Shriner clowns, and United Nations video, "Portraits of Aging." Also, gardening demonstrations and, at 2 p.m., billiards tournament.

Upstairs lobby: Welcome table; Gallo the Safety Dog and safety tips by the Iowa City Police Department; digital photography; story telling with Dan Coffey, Jim Evans, and Tom Nothnagle.

Art Studio: Activity centers. Pottery, face painting, bookmark making with RSVP volunteers, calligraphy, portrait sketches, textiles, henna.

Swimming pool: Active events. 2:30 p.m., swim events with Rob Leyshon; 3 to 4 p.m., open swim.

Gymnasium: Information tables. Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center; UI Center on Aging; Sterling House; Johnson County United Nations Association-USA; Iowa Program for Assistive Technology; Professional Home Health Services, Inc., Liberty Country Living; Home Health Care Coalition; American Association of Retired Persons; Parish Nurses in Johnson County Churches; Oaknoll; Parkview Manner; Windmill Pointe Estates; University Hospital School; Lensing Funeral and Cremation Services; Pathways Adult Day Health Center. Also, massage therapy, Old Capitol Quilters Guild, and Haverkamp Hat Show.

More than 30 local organizations and businesses have provided support for the weekend celebrations. These include:

Presenting sponsors: UI College of Nursing, UI Health Care.

Gold sponsors: Iowa City Press-Citizen/Gannett Foundation; Mercy Iowa City.

Silver sponsors: Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center; Iowa Geriatric Education Center; Sterling House; UI Associate Provost for Health Sciences; UI Center on Aging.

Bronze sponsors: Lensing Funeral and Cremation Services; Pathways Adult Day Health Center; University Hospital School; UI Lecture Committee.

Copper sponsors: American Association of Retired Persons; Johnson County United Nations Association-USA; Iowa Program for Assistive Technology; Professional Home Health Services; Inc.; Liberty Country Living; Windmill Pointe Estates; Oaknoll; Parkview Manor; Home Health Care Coalition; Parish Nurses in Johnson County Churches.

Supporting sponsors: Mercantile Bank; Zephyr Copies; Your Right Hand; Iowa Division, United Nations Association-USA; George L. Gay Funeral Home; UI Aging Studies Program.

Gifts in kind: Hardee's, Coralville; Hy-Vee Food Store, Coralville; Hy-Vee Food Store, 1st Ave., Iowa City; Iowa City Press-Citizen; Iowa City Parks and Recreation; UI Video Center; North Liberty Flower Shop.

In addition, a number of individuals have devoted many hours to organizing the events as members of the Eastern Iowa International Year of Older Persons Committee. They are:
Karin Brunk, UI College of Nursing; Lori Benz, UI Center on Aging; Julie Bobbit, Alzheimer's Association of East Central Iowa; Kathleen Buckwalter, UI Associate Provost for Health Sciences; Julie Dancer, Creative Resources, Inc.; Marilyn Dobbins, Iowa Geriatric Education Center; Chris Forcucci, Elderly Services Agency; Jane Holland, UI Family Services; Lisa Kelley, UI College of Nursing; Michael Lensing, Lensing Funeral and Cremation Services; David Leshtz, University Hospital School and UI Lecture Committee; Meridean Maas, UI College of Nursing, Liberty Country Living; Derek Maurer, UI Health Science Relations; Dorothy Paul, Iowa Division, United Nations Association-USA; Julie Seal, Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center; Janet Specht, UI College of Nursing, Liberty Country Living; Victoria Thiede, Homelife Health Services, Inc.; Joni Werle, Mercy Iowa City; Kathy Winkelhake, UI Aging Studies Program; and Joel Wulf, Pathways Adult Day Health Center