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Release: Sept. 4, 2002

UI Center on Aging to host Web seminars on older adults and decision making

The University of Iowa Center on Aging, in partnership with the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine Program in Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities and UI Family Services Office, will host two Web-enhanced training seminars from noon to 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18 and Wednesday, Sept. 25 in Room S401 in the Pappajohn Business Administration Building on the UI campus.

The two-part seminar series, "Legal and Ethical Aspects of Decision Making by and for Older Adults," was developed by the American Society on Aging (ASA). Marshall Kapp, J.D., professor of community health and director of the Office of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at Wright State University School, Dayton, Ohio, will lead both sessions.

The seminars will explore the ethical and legal issues involved in healthcare and personal and financial decision making by and for older persons. Special attention will be devoted to ethical principles and legal requirements related to assessing decisional capacity, assuring valid consent and relying on substitute decision making for incapacitated persons. Guardianship will be examined as one mechanism of substitute decision making.

The seminars are free; however, there is an $8 fee per session payable to ASA for professionals interested in continuing education credits (CEUs). Credit is granted for an hour-for-hour basis. A CEU registration and evaluation packet can be downloaded from the ASA Web site at

The Pappajohn Business Administration Building is located east of the Iowa River on Clinton Street between Jefferson and Market Streets. A parking ramp is accessible from Clinton Street between Jefferson and Market Streets.

To sign up for the seminars or for more information, contact Trish Bonica, UI Center on Aging, at (319) 335-7731 or