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Iowa City IA 52242
Nursing conference to address health promotion, disease prevention in
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Health promotion and disease prevention in aging populations
will be the focus of a major conference that will bring top health care professionals
in nursing, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and other areas of health care and
research to the University of Iowa August 28-30. They will address a wide
range of health-related topics that effect the elderly and aging, ranging
from health care trends to specific health and safety issues like depression,
falls and smoking.
The conference, "Vitality Throughout the Adult Lifecycle: Interventions
to Promote Health," will present experts in gerontology from across the
country, plus Denmark and Canada. Conference speakers will cover diverse topics
related to aging, including the importance of exercise for older people; stress
management during aging; smoking cessation; and depression in the elderly,
to be presented by Dr. Judith Crossett, the first board-certified geropsychiatrist
in Iowa. Presenters of special note include Dr. Kathryn Dean, Ph.D., of Population
Health Studies in Copenhagen, Denmark; and Dr. Kate Lorig, Dr.PH, of the Stanford
University School of Medicine, among others.
Other topics to be addressed include health promotion in a managed care environment,
caregiver and genetic issues, alternative health care providers and future
directions in health promotion and disease prevention research.
The location of this conference is especially appropriate. The UI College
of Nursing is a national leader in gerontological nursing research and the
state of Iowa has the second-largest per capita population of senior citizens
in the country. In the last U.S. census, 15.3% of the state's population was
over the age of 65. Issues associated with aging will become increasingly
important as we enter the 21st century; the U.S. Census Bureau estimates the
population of elderly citizens in the U.S. will more than double to about
80 million by the middle of the next century. By then, as many as one in five
Americans could be over 65, the bureau projects.
The conference is co-sponsored by the UI Gerontological Nursing Interventions
Research Center and the American Academy of Nursing. Additional co-sponsors
include the UI College of Medicine, Woodrow and Inabelle Morris, Glaxo Wellcome,
the Geriatric Psychiatric Alliance, Bandag, Inc., the American Academy of
Orthopaedic Surgeons, the UI Cancer Center, and the UI Center on Aging. There
is continuing education credit available in nursing, medicine, dentistry,
social work, family medicine, psychology, dietetics, nursing home administration,
and chiropractic. For more information about the conference, please contact
Nancy Goldsmith at (319) 335-7133. She can also be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Goldsmith.