CONTACT: DEREK MAURER
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8964; fax (319) 335-8034
Release: Jan. 9, 2001
Best-selling author Mary Pipher to speak locally on aging
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Clinical psychologist and best-selling author Mary Pipher
will visit Iowa City Feb. 20 to discuss families and aging. During her visit
Pipher will attend a reception at the University of Iowa College of Nursing
and read from her work on the popular "Live From Prairie Lights"
The reading and lecture will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20 at the Sheraton
Hotel in downtown Iowa City. The event is free and open to the public and
will be carried live on public radio station WSUI-AM. An informational fair
on care giving and intergenerational relationships, featuring experts from
community organizations and UI programs, will precede Pipher's talk beginning
at 7 p.m. at the Sheraton. Also, Riverside Theatre's Ron Clark and Jody Hovland
will present a short sketch on growing older titled, "I'm Herbert,"
immediately prior to Pipher's talk.
Pipher, who lives in Lincoln, Neb., is best known as the author of "Reviving
Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls," which topped the New
York Times bestseller list for 27 weeks. Her latest book, "Another Country:
Navigating the Emotional Terrain of our Elders" -- also a best-seller
-- addresses the growing divide between baby boomers and their aging parents
and charts a course toward reconciliation.
"Mary was very well received when she spoke here in 1996 about her
work with adolescent girls," said Michael Lensing of Lensing Funeral
and Cremation Service, a sponsor of Pipher's visit. "Her speaking style
and her commitment are very moving. Many people will be able to relate to
her upcoming presentation, which will reach out to baby boomers and their
parents, addressing their relationships."
Nationally, about 12.7 percent of Americans are 65 or older; in Iowa, the
figure is 15.4 percent. The U.S. Census Bureau predicts that the proportion
of Americans 65 or older will reach 18 percent by 2020 and almost 23 percent
by 2050. The first baby boomers will turn 65 in 2012.
Pipher's visit, expected to be her only appearance in Iowa in 2001, is sponsored
by the UI College of Nursing; the Eastern Iowa International Year of Older
Persons Committee; Lensing Funeral and Cremation Services; Mercy Hospital
of Iowa City; the Iowa City Press-Citizen; Silvercrest Assisted Care; Iowa
City Hospice; Iowa State Bank and Trust; Hills Bank and Trust; Prairie Lights;
Sheraton Iowa City; and the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center.