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March 15, 2006

Film Screening To Generate Discussion Of Changing Elder Care

A film screening and discussion on the challenges and rewards of making a nursing home feel like home will be presented Monday, March 27 at the Iowa City Public Library.

"Almost Home: Changing Aging in America," a documentary film chronicling a year in the life of a vibrant retirement community, will be shown at 7 p.m. Monday, March 27, in Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. The event is free and open to the public. 

The question-and-answer session following the film will feature Kathleen Buckwalter, Ph.D., a University of Iowa College of Nursing professor and geriatric nursing care expert who will moderate the discussion; Rev. Bob Welsh of the Johnson County Council on Aging; Pat Heiden, nursing administrator at Oaknoll Retirement Residence; and Janet Specht, Ph.D., a UI College of Nursing associate professor and expert in long-term care.

"Almost Home" presents real stories of aging from Saint John's on the Lake in Milwaukee, Wis., a retirement community seeking to replace the stigma of nursing homes as institutions of boredom and despair with a vision of a community in which residents have choices and maintain fulfilling lives.

"Almost Home" is a co-production of 371 Productions and Wisconsin Public Television, produced in association with Independent Television Service (ITVS), with funding provided by the Helen Bader Foundation, the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the Fay McBeath Foundation and with additional support from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee's Peck School of the Arts.

The Iowa City screening will feature a casual, movie-night atmosphere with popcorn and soft drinks. The event is sponsored by the UI College of Nursing's  Adult and Gerontological Area of Study, the college's John A. Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence, and the UI Center on Aging.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Nursing, 101 Nursing Building, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

MEDIA CONTACT: Michele Francis, 319-335-8960, michele-francis@uiowa.edu