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Release: Jan. 17, 2003

UI hosts Jan. 31 conference on "Health Care in the Elderly"

The 25th Annual Midwestern Conference on "Health Care in the Elderly" will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 in Braley Auditorium, located at Room 01136 of the Pomerantz Family Pavilion in University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The program focuses on sensory impairment in elders and offers continuing education credits for physicians, nurses, social workers, nursing home administrators and other health professionals involved in caring for the elderly.

The program is sponsored by the departments of family medicine and internal medicine in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and the UI Center on Aging. The keynote address, "Caring for the Elder with Sensory Impairments," will be delivered by Kathleen Buckwalter, Ph.D., UI associate provost for health sciences. Other talks will discuss normal sensory changes of aging; interventions for the hearing-impaired elder; aging and the eye; nutrition and degenerative disease in the elderly; common dental problems in elders; and high- and low-tech interventions for the sensory impaired elder.

Individuals may register at the conference; however, participants are encouraged to pre-enroll. Registration fees are $125 for physicians; $60 for nurses, physician assistants and allied health care professionals; and $40 for residents in training.

The conference brochure and a registration form are available online at

For more information or to register, contact the UI Continuing Medical Education Division at (319) 335-8599 or e-mail Susan Zollo, program coordinator, at

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