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Release: Sept. 17, 1999

Interactive teleconference to focus on caring for aggressive patients with dementia

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- "Caring for the Aggressive Patient With Dementia" will be the topic of an interactive teleconference Wednesday, Oct. 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Hardin Library for Health Sciences on the University of Iowa campus. The conference will also be available at 16 other sites around the state via the Iowa Communications Network.

Presenters include Kathleen Buckwalter, Ph.D., professor of nursing and associate UI provost for health sciences; Judith H.W. Crossett, M.D, Ph.D., clinical assistant professor of psychiatry in the UI College of Medicine; and Robert Wallace, M.D., professor of epidemiology in the UI College of Public Health. The teleconference is sponsored by the Iowa Geriatric Education Center, the UI Colleges of Medicine and Public Health and the Iowa/Missouri Consortium for Alzheimer's Education.

Intended primarily for nurses, physicians, social workers and other health care professionals, the teleconference will focus on the causes, scope and nature of aggressive behaviors in patients with dementia. The presenters will offer suggestions for medication management and behavioral interventions to prevent, reduce or eliminate aggressive behavior. Continuing education credit is available.

For more information or to register, call Marilyn Dobbins at the Iowa Geriatric Education Center, (319) 335-8893. Information is also available on the world wide web at

The interactive teleconference, "Caring for the Aggressive Patient With Dementia," will be available at Iowa Communications Network sites in the following communities