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Release: Nov. 13, 2001

Public invited to Nov. 29 seminar on dementia

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Area residents are invited to hear University of Iowa Health Care experts discuss, "Is It Dementia or Normal Aging?" at a free community seminar 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 at the Clarion Conference Center, 1220 First Ave., Coralville.

This program is part of the "Health For Your Lifetime" series presented by UI Health Care.

This program will present a comprehensive overview of dementia and will include discussion of:

-- What is dementia?

-- What are the signs of dementia?

-- What are the causes of dementia?

-- What does the latest research on dementia show?

The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Presenters are Steven W. Anderson, Ph.D., UI assistant professor of neurology, and Susan K. Schultz, M.D., UI associate professor of psychiatry.

Dementia is a term for a loss of memory affecting motion, speech, organization and recognition.

There are many physical reasons for dementia. While age itself does not cause dementia, it is more common among the elderly, but also can develop in people in their forties or fifties.

The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer's disease. Other causes of dementia may include stroke, Parkinson's Disease, Huntington’s Disease, brain injury and depression.

Pre-registration for this program is encouraged. For more information or to register, call (319) 384-8442 or toll-free at (800) 777-8442.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.