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University of Iowa News Release

April 29, 2005

Community Program To Focus On Aging In Iowa

"Aging in Iowa: A Discussion About Growing Older" will be the focus of the next "Health For Your Lifetime" program at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Rick Dobyns, M.D., UI professor of family medicine, and Paul Mulhausen, M.D., UI associate professor (clinical) of internal medicine, both experts on the topic of aging, will present this free, community program in the hospital's East Room.

By the end of this decade, there will be more Americans over 55 than under 18 for the first time in history. Over the past century, our life expectancy has increased 30 years, adding an entirely new stage of life. That means we will spend a full third of our lives "old."

Focusing on photos from the award-winning "Aging in America" exhibit on display at UI Hospitals and Clinics, the doctors will discuss some of the unprecedented opportunities, and the prolonged decline, that have become the dueling signatures of "old age."

With audience interaction, this presentation is geared toward all ages and will include discussion of:

-- What it means to age

-- The positive aspects of aging

-- Dealing with frailty and loss of independence

-- Depression, dementia and other health issues

-- Communicating with your health care provider

Pre-registration is encouraged. To register, or for more information, go to, or call UI Health Access at 384-8442 or toll-free at 800-777-8442.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

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CONTACTS: Media: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,; Program: Tom Walljasper, 319-384-7353,