UNI to host a White House Mini-Conference on Businesses' Aging Workforce and Caregivers

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a White House Mini-Conference on Businesses' Aging Workforce and Caregivers beginning at 8 a.m., Thursday, May 19, in Maucker Union.

The conference will educate business professionals and caregivers on the effects of an aging workforce and caregivers in the workforce, and features presentations by Phyllis Anderson, Mature Worker Coordinator for the Iowa Department of Elder Affairs; Shirley Merner, co-director of the National Consumer Protection Technical Resource Center; Nicki Stajcar, consumer protection advocate for the Iowa Department of Elder Affairs; and, Julia Wallace, UNI Dean of the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences.

Presentation topics include 'Attracting and Maintaining Older Workers,' 'Solutions for Business and Consumer Identity Theft,' 'Capitalizing on your Multigenerational Workforce,' and 'State Initiatives Related to Business & Aging.'

Keynote speaker will be John Paul Marosy, author of Elder Care: A Six-Step Guide to Balancing Work and Family, and A Manager's Guide to Elder Care. The luncheon speaker will be Joan Burney, a mother of six who graduated cum laude with a degree in communications and music after her children were in school. Breakout sessions will follow from 1:15 to 4:30 p.m.

The conference is an approved 'White House Conference on Aging' event and will have input in the October 2005 White House Conference on Aging, where national aging policies are defined for the next 10 years.

The conference is $40 for participants who wish to attend both the morning and afternoon sessions, if they register before Wednesday, May 11. Caregivers who wish to attend only the afternoon breakout sessions can do so free of cost. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/contined/ces/whmc/, call (319) 273-6899 or

(800) 782-9519, or e-mail conf-events@uni.edu.

The conference is sponsored by the Iowa Consortium for Applied Gerontology and Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging, and is facilitated by UNI Conference & Event Services.



Holly Bokelman, assistant coordinator of scholarships, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences,
(319) 273-3584
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728