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University of Iowa News Release

April 12, 2006

Creative Aging Expert Gene Cohen To Speak In Iowa City

Noted authority on creativity and aging Gene Cohen, M.D., Ph.D., will speak at several functions May 1-2 in Iowa City. Cohen is director of the Center on Aging, Health and Humanities at George Washington University, where he also holds professorships in health care sciences and psychiatry.

Cohen will present lectures and facilitate discussions on creative aging and the positive capacity of the mature mind. All events are free and open to the public.

A presentation and reception will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 1, at the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center, 28 S. Linn St. in Iowa City. A question-and-answer period will follow.

The public is also invited to hear Cohen read from his book, "The Mature Mind: The Positive Power of the Aging Brain," from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. May 1 at U.S. Bank, 204 E. Washington St. in Iowa City. Copies of the book will be made available for purchase and signing.

Those with an interest in the care of older persons are encouraged to attend Cohen's lecture at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 2, in Room 22 in the University of Iowa Nursing Building on Newton Road. In this presentation, titled, "The Mature Mind: Creativity and Aging," Cohen will convey how creativity strengthens morale, contributes to physical health and enriches relationships as we age.

A frequent contributor to discussions on aging, Cohen has appeared on ABC's "Nightline" in an interview with Barbara Walters, as well PBS's "MacNeil/Lehrer Report" and the "CBS Evening News." He is the first editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, and he is the author of more than 100 publications in the field of aging, including several edited textbooks and his individually authored book, "The Brain in Human Aging."

Cohen is currently engaged in research on creativity and aging as well as innovative intergenerational interventions for Alzheimer's disease. He has developed three new intergenerational board games that have received recognition in national and international juried game and art shows, as well as attention on national television. He is also working on a PBS broadcast series on creativity and aging.

Cohen's visit is co-sponsored by the UI College of Nursing Adult and Gerontology Area of Study, the college's John A. Hartford Center for Geriatric Excellence, the UI Center on Aging, the UI School of Social Work, the UI Department of Psychiatry and the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center.

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

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