Nov. 23, 2009
At A Glance
Check for depression in older adults during the holidays
The holidays can bring stress and depression to adults of all ages. As families travel to see loved ones, they should check older relatives' physical and mental health, say experts with the Iowa Coalition on Mental Health and Aging, based at the University of Iowa.
Late-life depression is one of the most common health problems experienced by older adults. Each year one out of five older Iowans experiences a diagnosable mental illness.
Mental illness can worsen symptoms of other diseases, and older people with depression are more likely to commit suicide than any other age group. However, depression can be treated and is nothing to be ashamed of. So, if an older relative seems more blue than usual this holiday season, encourage them to see their doctor.
The Iowa Coalition on Mental Health and Aging promotes the mental health of older Iowans. Learn more at http://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/icmha/ or call the UI Center on Aging at 319-384-4566.
Iowa City to host world-class cycling event Thanksgiving weekend
Organizers expect the 2009 Union Cycliste Internationale Carousel Volkswagen Jingle Cross Rock cyclocross race Nov. 27-29 in Iowa City to surpass all records for participation as the event continues its phenomenal growth.
All proceeds from the event support University of Iowa Children's Hospital.
Cyclocross combines elements of mountain biking and road racing with cross-country running. Racers ride around a closed loop course on the Johnson County Fairgrounds that is about two miles long. Riders dismount their bicycles at specific points and carry their bikes over short barriers before remounting their bikes to continue around the course.
The daily events start with short 30-minute races for beginners and juniors on less-challenging courses. Each day's event concludes with a 60-minute professional bike race officiated by the Union Cycliste Internationale, which sanctions the top bike races around the world.
Fine Arts Council presents Holiday Thieves' Art Market Dec. 5-6
The University of Iowa's Fine Arts Council will hold the Holiday Thieves' Art Market from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6 throughout the Iowa Memorial Union.
More than 90 artists will be featured, exhibiting and selling original works in painting, ceramics, photography, woodworking, drawing, jewelry, metal, fiber, and more. Several new artists will also exhibit their work.
Each year artists from all over the Midwest apply and are selected through a jury process to exhibit and sell fine art at the market, which is free and open to the public.
Karma Art will be selling artwork at the market, with all proceeds from sales are going to the UI Children's Hospital. Karma Art is a project that collects donated artwork from local artists and art students who are interested in supporting a cause in the community.
Active since 1970, the Fine Arts Council is a self-supporting, non-profit student organization whose members share an interest in promoting the arts at the UI. The Holiday Thieves' Art Market provides a financial basis for other programming such as student art grants and exhibitions. For more information visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~finearts/index.shtml or call 319-335-3393.
Campus events are searchable on the UI Master Calendar: http://calendar.uiowa.edu.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in a program, please contact the sponsoring department in advance.