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Release: July 24, 2002

UI Health Care offers August ICN training on elder mental illness

Health care professionals, individuals working in community services, community members and others who want to learn how to improve care for older people with mental and emotional disorders can participate in educational programs given by UI Health Care experts and others over the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) from 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27.

Topics covered will include behavioral symptoms, depression, day health services, cognitive changes, dementia and drug management of common syndromes.

The talks, which will originate from the UI Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, are follow-up training to a one-day conference, "Training to Enhance Service Delivery to Older Adults with Mental Illness," offered in July. However, people who did not attend the conference also are welcome to enroll in one or more of the ICN sessions.

The conference was organized by the UI Department of Psychiatry in conjunction with Southwestern Community College in Creston; Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg; Northeast Iowa Community College in Dubuque; and Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa.

For more information about the ICN broadcasts in August, call Rosalie Hughes at Northeast Iowa Community College at (800) 728-7367, extension 234 or visit the program's Web site at www.uihealthcare.com/olderadults. Presentations from the July conference also are available for review at that Web site.

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