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WRITER: BECKY SOGLIN
CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
5137 Westlawn
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 384-4638
e-mail: david-pedersen@uiowa.edu

Release: April 1, 2002

Teleconference on grief and aging slated for April 24

Health care professionals and others who work with aging patients are invited to participate in the Hospice Foundation of America's ninth annual "Living with Grief" teleconference from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 24.

"Living With Grief: Loss in Later Life" will be broadcast live at two Iowa City locations: the Braley Auditorium in the Pomerantz Family Pavilion at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; and the McAuley Room in Mercy Iowa City at 500 E. Market St. The event is free; however, pre-registration is encouraged through Mercy on Call at the number listed below. In addition, a broadcast will be shown 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Iowa City.

The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI, Iowa City Hospice, Mercy Iowa City, and the VA Medical Center in Iowa City will sponsor the local airings.

Moderated by Cokie Roberts of ABC News, the broadcast will explore both the challenges and the opportunities that older persons face as they cope with loss and make critical end-of-life decisions. Continuing education credits are available for a wide range of professions. While the event is geared toward professionals, family caregivers and the public may also enroll.

To register or for local information, contact Mercy on Call at (319) 358-2767 or toll-free at (800) 358-2767 or by email at mercyoncall@mercyic.org. A listing of additional Iowa sites that will show the broadcast is available at www.hospicefoundation.org/teleconference/ia.htm.

The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is Iowa's only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center. NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers are recognized as the leaders in developing new approaches to cancer prevention and cancer care, conducting leading edge research and educating the public about cancer. Visit the center online at www.uihealthcare.com/depts/cancercenter.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine at the UI and 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/