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April 25, 2007

Conference To Focus On Mental Health Care For Older Adults

Primary care physicians, nurses, mental health professionals and health services administrators are invited to take part in a one-day conference on identifying, assessing and treating older adults with mental health problems May 18 in Des Moines.

The conference, "Implementing Collaborative Models of Mental Health Care for Older Iowans," will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 18 at the Des Moines University Academic Center in Des Moines.

The event is free. Educational materials, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided. Free continuing education credits are available for physicians, nurses and social workers.

Registration and additional information is available at the Iowa Coalition on Mental Health and Aging Web site at or by calling Julie Bobitt at the University of Iowa Center on Aging 319-384-4222.

Topics to be covered at the conference include:

-- Identifying older adults with mental illness

-- Counseling, referral and assessment

-- Pharmaceutical interventions

-- Problem-solving therapy

The conference is sponsored by the UI Center on Aging; the Iowa Coalition on Mental Health and Aging; the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine; the Iowa Department of Human Services; and Des Moines University Geriatric Education Center.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032,