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Sept. 17, 2007

MEDIA ADVISORY: Aging experts to discuss Livable Communities initiative Sept. 19

WHAT: Meeting on the Johnson County Livable Communities for Successful Aging initiative

WHO: Attendees will include representatives from the University of Iowa and the UI Center on Aging and other county aging experts. Presenters will include John McCalley, director of the Iowa Department of Elder Affairs; Iowa Sen. Bob Dvorsky, D-Coralville; Susan Silberman of the Iowa AARP; and Kathleen Buckwalter, professor in the UI College of Nursing

WHEN: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19

(large-group sessions from 8:30 to 9 a.m. and 10 to 10:30 a.m.; workgroup sessions from 9 to 10 a.m.)

WHERE: Urmila Sahai Seminar Room (Room 2117) in the UI Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF)

For the past several years, the UI Center on Aging and the Johnson County Consortium on Successful Aging have been conducting surveys and developing plans to ensure that Johnson County remains one of the most livable places for retirees and older adults.

In 2006, Johnson County was designated a model livable community by AARP. A subsequent planning session, involving more than 100 county leaders and the national director of AARP Livable Communities Initiative, resulted in the establishment of priorities in the areas of aging resources management, educational efforts on the benefits of physical activity/health lifestyles for seniors, and accessible housing.

On Sept. 19, county leaders will come together to mark their progress and set plans for future efforts.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Julie Bobitt, UI Center on Aging, 319-384-4222,; David Pedersen, 319-335-8032,