CONTACT: DEREK MAURER
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8964; fax (319) 335-8034
Release: Aug. 26, 1999
Celebrities highlight local International Year of Older
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers,
football hall-of-famer Otto Graham, baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller
and former world-ranked University of Iowa swimmer Rob Leyshon headline local
celebrations of the International Year of Older Persons this fall.
Brothers will give a lecture titled, "Older and Better"
Friday evening, Oct. 1 at Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus, while the two
hall-of-famers and Leyshon will appear at a luncheon and intergenerational
festival from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 at Iowa City's Robert A. Lee
Recreation Center. Free tickets to attend Brothers' lecture can be obtained
by calling Mercy on Call at (319) 358-2767 or toll-free from outside the Iowa
City calling area at (800) 358-2767. Tickets for Saturday's boxed luncheon
cost $5 and are also available from Mercy on Call at these numbers. Intergenerational
festival events are free and open to the public, and no tickets are required.
Other celebration events include an exhibit of work
by local artists, a stage featuring local musicians and entertainers, intergenerational
games and information tables.
"We want to share and encourage people to see the
gifts of older persons and their importance in our society," said Karin Brunk
of the UI College of Nursing, a major sponsor of the events. "Far too frequently,
our society diminishes the worth and contributions of elders -- we want to
The United Nations designated 1999 as the International
Year of Older Persons to call attention to issues of aging and to promote
the theme, "Towards a society for all ages." In Iowa, more than 15 percent
of the population is 65 or older and those over 85 -- the "oldest old" --
constitute 2 percent of the population, the highest percentage in the United
In addition to the College of Nursing and its Adult
and Gerontology Nursing area of study, major sponsors of "Celebrate! International
Year of Older Persons 1999" are UI Health Care and Mercy Iowa City. Other
sponsors include the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center; Sterling House
Assisted Living; Liberty Country Living; Lensing Funeral and Cremation Services;
the Elderly Services Agency; the UI Office of the Provost; the UI Center on
Aging; the UI Aging Studies Program; the Iowa Geriatric Education Center;
Pathways Adult Day Health Center; Johnson County Hospice; the Alzheimer's
Association of East Central Iowa; UI Hospital School; and UI Family Services.
For more information, call the Adult and Gerontology
Nursing area of study at
(319) 335- 7067.