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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 4, 2003

Visiting Scholar To Speak About Healthy Aging Feb. 12 At UI

A leading scholar of aging issues will visit the University of Iowa to speak on "Global Aging and the Study of Adult Well-Being" Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in room W151 Pappajohn Business Building. Barbara A. Hawkins (left), director of the Center on Aging and Aged and professor in the department of recreation and park administration at Indiana University, is visiting the UI as a guest of the Aging Studies Program, which is part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Division of Interdisciplinary Programs.

Hawkins currently leads a multi-country collaborative project, the Global Aging Initiative, which includes three integrated components -- a multi-nation study on adult well-being, the development and implementation of global aging curriculum, and systematic, proactive outreach efforts to national and international forums to help build communities, nations and regions that promote active, healthy, and satisfied older people who are aging well in the 21st century.

The Global Aging Initiative involves an international team of researchers from 15 countries who are actively studying issues related to population aging. The goal is to produce findings about social, environmental, and personal factors that support well-being in old age. Aging well is possible when people live in supportive communities and social environments that enable them to adapt and maintain healthy, productive, meaningful, and satisfying lives. While this project is ambitious and broad in scope, Hawkins hopes that the findings will provide important direction for future multi-nation studies on the conditions and circumstances that promote systems for aging well and healthy older people worldwide in the 21st century.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Aging Studies Program in advance at 319-335-3821.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, mary-kenyon@uiowa.edu. Program: Richard MacNeil, 319-335-9179, richard-macneil@uiowa.edu