Iowa Alumni Magazine | December 2013 | News

Further Resources

By Tina Owen

The UI's multidisciplinary efforts to address issues related to the aging population also include:

The National Health Law and Policy Resource Center's Program on Aging—based in the College of Law, this program aims to improve public policies and laws needed for the care and protection of older persons. Such efforts are particularly important to the state of Iowa, which, in the 2010 census, ranked fifth in the percentage of population aged 65 and older, and in the top three states with the highest percentage of people aged 85 or older. The center provides an information clearinghouse, public policy and legal research, education and training, and advocacy. Major projects include the Nursing Home and Long-Term Care Initiative, the Elder Abuse Initiative, and the Iowa Substitute Decision-Making Initiative.

Seniors Together in Aging Research (STAR)—this program in the Center on Aging helps offset the under-representation of older adults in medical and scientific research by maintaining a database of Iowans over the age of 50 who are interested in volunteering for research studies.

Lifetime Enrichment Adult Program (LEAP)—with more than 100 classes a year on topics ranging from Web design to philosophy, this Center on Aging program provides lifelong learning opportunities to help older adults in southeastern Iowa become intellectually stimulated, socially engaged, and often physically active.

Senior College—an initiative of the Emeritus Faculty Association and the University of Iowa Retirees Association, with support from the UI Alumni Association, this program offers fall and spring classes on the UI campus to retirees.

Geriatric Assessment Center—based at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, this center provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment of older adults by a team of physicians, nurses, social workers, and pharmacists who specialize in geriatric care and focus on health promotion and the prevention and treatment of disease and disability in later life.