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University of Iowa News Release

March 22, 2004

Living With Dementia Conference To Be Held On UI Campus

A professional development conference, "From Joy to Grief: Living with Dementia," will take place at the Iowa Memorial Union April 28-29. The conference will teach health care providers and service professionals how to assist family and formal caregivers coping with the challenging and changing responsibilities they face with dementia patients.

The conference schedule includes TimeSlips training. TimeSlips is a storytelling method used to encourage creative expression among people with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia (ADRD). The goal of TimeSlips, established in 1998, is to provide a model for storytelling circles and educational/arts programming to help improve the quality of life for those touched by ADRD.

A range of other topics, from spirituality to ethics surrounding dementia to new research on ADRD and more, will be explored as part of the conference.

Attendance by dementia caregivers across a variety of disciplines is encouraged. Health care providers and service professionals including nurses, physicians, counselors, clergy, psychologists, activities and recreation specialists, social workers, adult day and respite workers, and others who work with people with dementia will learn strategies that will enhance their work.

The conference is jointly sponsored by the Agencies on Alzheimer's Demonstration Project, the Iowa Department of Elder Affairs, the UI College of Nursing, the UI Center on Aging, and the UI Carver College of Medicine.

To register, contact the UI Center for Conferences and Institutes toll free at 800-551-9029. Online registration is available at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Nursing, 101 Nursing Building, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

CONTACTS: Media: Bonnie McIntosh, 319-335-7003,; Program: Ann Bossen, 319-335-7136,