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Release: June 27, 2001

[NOTE TO EDITORS: This release was previously distributed on 02/12/01. This is a call for additional participants for the study]

Individuals aged 65 and older invited to participate in UI driving study

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa Health Care researchers are conducting a study on mobility and aging in the hopes of developing techniques aimed at helping individuals improve their daily lives.

Men and women age 65 and older who are legally licensed and presently driving may be eligible to participate in the study. Interested individuals will go through an initial screening that will last about one hour. People who are eligible for the study, based on the screening results, will be invited to participate further.

Study participants will be asked to take computer tests, fill out questionnaires and drive a car. The study is broken down into several sessions, totaling about 12 hours. Participants will also be invited back for annual visits over the next two years. Each of these additional visits will take two to three hours. Compensation for time and effort is available.

For more information, contact Matthew Rizzo, M.D., UI professor of neurology, or one of his research assistants, Nicki Skaar or Amy Crowe, at (319) 356-2240.

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