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Oct. 3, 2007

Osher Lifelong Leadership Institute offers training Oct. 25-26

Volunteer-leaders can learn how to make their communities more "senior-friendly" by attending a two-day leadership training conference Oct. 25-26 through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Iowa Center on Aging.

The OLLI Leadership Institute is open to volunteer-leaders from communities statewide. Through lectures, group discussions and planning sessions, participants learn about the key elements of developing senior-friendly initiatives, gain leadership skills, and share ideas with fellow attendees. The goal is for participants to better evaluate their own local programs and resources, build support, and focus efforts and resources on their communities' needs.

Presenters at the institute include John McCalley, director of the Iowa Department of Elder Affairs; Sandy Markham, CEO of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging; Becky Groff, associate state director of Iowa AARP; Connie Benton Wolfe, director of Johnson County United Way; and Donna Harvey, director of the Hawkeye Area Agency on Aging.

The Leadership Institute will be held Oct. 25-26 at the UI Nursing Building. The cost is $70, which includes breakfast and lunch both days and all conference materials.

For more information or to register, contact Julie Bobitt at the UI Center on Aging at 319-384-4222.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UI is a program of the Center on Aging and is affiliated with the national network of Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, funded by the Bernard Osher Foundation. There are currently 115 Osher institutes in 48 states. For more information, visit

The UI Center on Aging fosters and supports interdisciplinary research, education and service throughout the campus and state to improve understanding of the aging process and the health and well being of older people. For more information, visit

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

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