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The Senior Center promotes optimal aging among all community members by offering an array of programs, services, and volunteer opportunities. Located in a beautifully restored historic post office on the corner of Linn and Washington Streets in downtown Iowa City, the Center has been serving adults age 50+ since 1981.  

Classes are taught by knowledgeable instructors and independent contractors in a wide range of areas including art, current events, dance, environment, fitness, literature, languages, history, philosophy, religion, photography, science, technology, wellness, and more. The Centerís many groups and clubs offer opportunities to get involved with music, dance, and theatre performance; video production; fitness; leisure activities; and social activities. Free professional services are available, including legal counseling, health insurance counseling, and income tax preparation. 

Membership is available to anyone age 50+ and carries many benefits. Members can use the fitness areas, computer lab, painting studio, and billiards room; participate in classes and activities that are reserved for members only; receive reduced participation fees for some classes; and receive discounted parking while visiting the Center. There is a modest annual membership fee of $25 for Iowa City residents, $40 for non-Iowa City residents of Johnson County, and $60 for those who live outside Johnson County. Revenue from membership fees helps support the Centerís operation. Family and low-income discounts are available.  

Pick up a copy of the current program guide at the Senior Center, Public Library, or City Hall; or download it from the Centerís website:

Contact: 28 S. Linn Street, Iowa City, IA 52240 / 319-356-5220 /


Elder Services, Inc. provides programs, services, and resources to assist persons age 60 and over in Johnson County and East Central Iowa to stay active, independent, and safe in their own homes.

Elder Services has moved to 1556 1st Avenue, Suite A, Iowa City. Phone: 338-0515. Fax: 338-0531. Website:




STAR is a volunteer research registry that helps people who are willing to participate in studies connect with investigators conducting research at the University of Iowa.

Iowans age 50 and over are invited to participate in a volunteer research registry. The STAR Registry offers:


- Learn about the research process

- Receive information about healthy aging and University of Iowa research studies for adults

- Many studies provide compensation


Participation in this registry and any research study is voluntary. People with medical problems, as well as healthy people, are invited to be in the STAR Registry.


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The University of Iowa Lifetime Enrichment Adult Program is a program of the UI Center on Aging and part of a national network of lifelong learning institutes funded by the Bernard Osher Foundation. The program combines innovative learning opportunities and civic engagement with a dynamic community of peers age 50 and better.


Discover a new interest. Explore community leadership possibilities. Grow from energizing discussions and stimulating learning environments.


UI LEAP at Iowa offers activities that can accommodate any schedule. There are no education or experience requirements, no tests or grades. It's simply your love of learning that counts.  UI LEAP at Iowa offers learning...on your terms.


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Contact: Virginia Jorstad at


The University of Iowa Senior College is committed to lifelong learning.  Its purpose is to provide quality, affordable educational programs to allow senior individuals in the Eastern Iowa area to continue their learning, expand their horizons, and enhance their personal development.  Typically eight or nine courses are presented each semester meeting once a week for four weeks.  They cover a wide range of subjects - astronomy, art, sports, health/medicine, literature, music, politics and many others too numerous to list.  

The Senior College is organized and operated by the Senior College Coordinating Committee, made up of volunteers from the Emeritus Faculty Association and the University of Iowa Retirees Association.  Its affiliation with the University comes from the University Provost through the Emeritus Faculty Council.  It receives administrative support from the University of Iowa Alumni Association and The University of Iowa Foundation.

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