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Nov. 4, 2004

UI Center On Aging Promotes Alzheimer's Disease Broadcasts

Confronting Alzheimer's disease, either as a patient, family member or caregiver, can be challenging. A University of Iowa-sponsored series of programs that will be broadcast over the next six weeks on Kirkwood College's cable station can help people and families affected by this illness.

The UI Center on Aging, in conjunction with the Heritage Area Agency on Aging, is sponsoring the series as part of November's designation as Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. The programs originally were produced by the Boston Alzheimer's Resource Center Lecture Series. Each show will be broadcast on a Saturday night, then rebroadcast at least two additional times.

--7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 6, "Living with Alzheimer's Disease"
This show features the Noonan family, who have several members affected by an inherited form of Alzheimer's disease. The Noonans were one of three families featured in the Emmy award-winning PBS special, "The Forgetting."
Rebroadcasts: 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 7; 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 13; and 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 14.

--7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 20, "Vanishing Persons: An Update on Alzheimer's Disease"
This show on advances in understanding and treating the disease features Kirk R. Daffner, M.D., chief of the Division of Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology at Brigham and Women's Hospital and associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School.
Rebroadcasts: 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 21.

--7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 27, "Alzheimer's Disease: An Inevitable Condition in Down Syndrome"
This show focuses on the work of Florence Lai, M.D., assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School, founder/neurologist of the Aging and Developmental Disabilities Clinic at McLean Hospital, and clinical associate in neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Rebroadcasts: 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 28; 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4; and 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5.

--7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 11, "Compassion Fatigue"
This program focused on caregivers features Donna White, Ph.D., addictions specialist with Lemuel Shattuck Hospital.
Rebroadcasts: 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 12; 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 18; and 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 19.

The UI Center on Aging helps educate health professions students and practicing physicians in aging. The center's primary role is to lead in translating aging-related research, education and training efforts at the UI into practical service applications that benefit older Iowans.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations (HSR), 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACTS: Media Only: Becky Soglin, 319 335-6660 becky-soglin@uiowa.edu. Program: Julie Bobitt, University of Iowa Center on Aging, 319-384-4222, julie-bobitt@uiowa.edu