by Carol Higgins Taylor
Eastern Area Agency on Aging
There is a definite chill in the air. Just as we have our cars and homes checked out for winter, we also should have ourselves checked out. Now there is a great way to do that and have fun in the process.
Eastern Area Agency on Aging and Penobscot Community Health Care are teaming up to bring you the second annual Senior Health and Safety Fair9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Brewer Auditorium.
The first thing you’ll want to do is go through your medicine cabinet and pull out all your expired or no longer necessary medications and bring them with you for the Penobscot County Triad Drug Drop-Off Box. Get these meds out of your house. Husson University pharmacy students and PCHC’s pharmacy will help you sort out your meds, too.
This fair is all about helping you take care of yourself and knowing your personal health numbers and being safe, especially in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. The Penobscot County Emergency Management agency will be available with information to help you handle just such disasters, if necessary.
The Senior Health and Safety Fair is bringing together a variety of organizations, including home health agencies to help keep you at your best. Dr. Shapero will be doing spirometry breathing tests. Do you know your lung function?
Rosscare’s LiveSAFE emergency response button program will be there as well. Did you know that now you can have the LiveSAFE system installed for free? For about a dollar a day you can have someone available at the touch of a button to help you.
How’s your balance? Going into the winter months it’s a good idea to have your stability checked out. When walkways become slippery, having good balance can help you navigate. The better your balance the less likely you are to fall. Wondering how you measure up? EAAA will put you through the paces with a Falls-Risk Assessment. It is a great test that can help you understand your risk of taking a tumble and hopefully help you prevent one. You will get a print-out for your doctor, too.
PCHC will do community outreach and will help you enroll in a variety of programs including the Prescription Assistance Program, Healthcare Insurance Marketplace and Affordable Care Program. Plus, their dental department and Warren Center for hearing will be available. And did you know they now have a geriatric department?
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 provided by Walgreens. Bring your Medicare card, insurance card or some cash.
Now that we have checked out some of your health numbers, let’s take a look at your Medicare part D plan. These numbers are important, too. Open enrollment for Med D is Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. There are a lot of plans out there and EAAA wants to make sure you get the right one. We can help you enroll right at the fair. It will be first come, first served and be sure to bring a list of your medications with you. It’s as easy as that.
The Senior Health and Safety Fair is an event not to be missed. Free admittance as always. See you there.
Carol Higgins Taylor is director of communications at Eastern Area Agency on Aging. For information, call 941-2865, toll-free 800-432-7812 visit EAAA.org.