SENIOR BEAT

PCHC to sponsor Senior Health Fair on Oct. 28

Posted Oct. 11, 2011, at 10:07 p.m.

The weather is turning colder and just as we have our cars checked out for winter, we should also have ourselves checked out. Now there is a great way to have fun in the process.

Eastern Area Agency on Aging will hold the first-ever — and we hope annual — Senior Health Fair 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at Spectacular Event Center, 395 Griffin Road, Bangor. This fair is all about you taking care of yourself and knowing your personal health numbers.

Penobscot Community Health Center is the exclusive sponsor of the Senior Health Fair and will provide a variety of screenings to help keep you informed of your status. PCHC is a nonprofit organization. Its purpose is to provide health care to people who are underinsured, uninsured or on MaineCare and/or Medicare — regardless of their ability to pay. The center offers a variety of comprehensive health care services.

You can have your blood pressure taken and get your glucose checked at the fair. PCHC will check ear wax and clean hearing aids through the Warren Center, and will even give you some information on dental care. All this in one place, but that is not all. You can have your bone density tested courtesy of St. Joseph Healthcare and get a hand or chair massage from Anthony John spa. Have questions about foot care? Acadia Foot and Ankle is also scheduled to participate in the fair.

Are you wondering how to eat the most healthful diet possible? Wonder no more. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension will have information at its table about the new nutritional guidelines called “My plate.” Representatives also will have take-away packets.

Rosscare will demonstrate the Lifeline call alert button along with other impressive products that can help you remain independent and safe in your home. And you can have your eyes checked, including a glaucoma test, with Vision Care of Maine.

How’s your balance? Going into the winter months, it is a good idea to have your stability checked out since walkways can become slippery. The better your balance, the less likely you are to fall. If you like, EAAA will put you through the paces and see how you stand up, literally. It is a great test that can help you understand your risk for taking a tumble.

Your risk for getting sick is elevated in the fall and winter, too, so roll up your sleeve and fight influenza by getting your flu shot.

Now that we have checked out all your health numbers, let’s take a look at your Medicare part D plan. These numbers are important, too. Open enrollment for Medicare D was moved up to begin Saturday, Oct. 15, and run through Dec. 7. There are a lot of plans out there and EAAA wants to make sure you get the right one. We can enroll you right at the fair. It will be first come, first served, so be sure to bring a list of your medications with you. It’s easy as that. We also can help with your Medicare Advantage plan.

Speaking of medications, Penobscot County Triad will have a drug drop-off box available so you can dispose of your expired or unneeded medications. Get those cupboards cleaned out and bring them with you.

Also on hand at the Senior Health Fair will be Gentiva Home Health Services with information on home safety, Winterberry Heights Assisted Living and Memory Care Community, Ames Chiropractic, Loving Touch In-Home Care, Caring Connections and so much more.

Delicious refreshments will be served and there will be door prizes. Don’t miss the 2011 Senior Health Fair.

Carol Higgins Taylor is director of communications at Eastern Area Agency on Aging. Email Higgins Taylor at chtaylor@eaaa.org. For information on EAAA, call 941-2865, toll-free 800-432-7812, email info@eaaa.org or visit http://www.EAAA.org. TTY 992-0150.

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