Take a walk through the human heart at the Oct. 2 senior health festival
An expanded and fully interactive health fair is in store for the anticipated hundreds who will attend an annual health sponsored by Senior Promise.
“Journey Through Wellness” is slated for 8 a.m. to noon, Friday, Oct. 2, at The Atrium, 3143 E. Thompson Road. Senior Promise is a program based at Franciscan St. Francis Health.
Ever given any thought about what’s going on inside your ticker? Participants can walk through TheAmeriheart®, a large, inflatable exhibit. The display offers a realistic view about the parts and mechanics of the heart and cardiovascular disease. Franciscan St. Francis Health clinicians will be on hand to explain these functions.
There also will be numerous lifestyle screenings and other activities available, including health and wellness screenings, physician presentations, exercise (Pilates and yoga chair), cooking demonstrations, genetic counseling and testing for hereditary cancer conditions, chair massages, pharmacy consultations, first aid to name but a few.
Some of the free screenings and services available include:
• Oral cancer
• Blood pressure
• Foot screening
Flu and pneumonia vaccinations will be offered for a fee. However, if you have Anthem, Medicare or a Medicare Advantage Plan, your vaccinations may be covered. Check with your insurance carrier prior to the event to find out if they provide coverage for a mobile vaccination clinic.
Emergency Medical Technician Paramedics also will be at the fair to talk with guests about personal safety and assist in filling out free emergency medical information forms.
The event also will offer a durable medical equipment drop-off location for those wishing to donate used or new medical equipment to help those who cannot afford these items.
Franciscan St. Francis Health has offered a DME program for over 15 years. Donations are accepted of medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, canes, etc. This equipment is cleaned, repaired and then given to those in need.