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One-stop shop for seniors

Health fair offers information, screenings, more

Published: Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013 5:00 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 10:37 p.m. CDT
(Herald Photo by Christina Chapman-VanYperen)
A representative of one of the nearly 40 vendors who took part in Friday’s Senior Health Fair explains an information sheet to one of the approximately 175 individuals who took part in the fair. In its second year, locally, the fair was sponsored by state Sen. Sue Rezin and state Rep. Pam Roth.

From flu shots to public safety information, the Senior Health Fair Friday offered information for senior citizens on resources available to them locally.

The second annual fair was hosted by state Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, and state Rep. Pam Roth, R-Morris. It was held at White Oak Elementary School with 48 vendors and had about 175 people walk through.

“We had a lot more attend this year. It’ll grow every year,” said Rezin.

The event is also held in Peru, Ill., and has been for about eight years, she said. Roth was not in attendance due to her getting ready for her move to Texas. Roth will be resigning from her seat this month because her family is moving to the Houston, Texas, area, where her husband has a job opportunity.

“(The fair) is kind of a one-stop shop for senior citizens to get their questions answered in regard to health-care issues, nursing homes, and public safety,” said Rezin.

Representatives from Walgreens gave flu shots. At the Jewel-Osco booth, there were blood glucose screenings.

“I’ve been busy. I had to get more gloves sent over,” said Amanda Wasko, technician specialist for Jewel-Osco. “A lot of senior citizens don’t check their blood sugar very often, unless their doctor does it, and it’s good to make sure they are not diabetic because that leads to other problems.”

Three Wells Acupuncture Clinic in Morris provided treatments and information on what acupuncture can treat.

Owner Laurie Stone provided information to senior citizens on how she can help them with any area of pain, digestive issues and even sleep problems.

“I’m amazed you don’t feel those going in,” said Barb Raab of Morris to Stone during her session.

Arlene Carroll and Anita Sobebranis of Morris appreciated the state police’s information and “Send Police” signs being passed out to attendees.

Carroll said the fair really offers information for people of all ages.

“There is tons of information. It lets you know what is going on,” she said. “My favorite is the “send police” signs because (the trooper) says your cell phone doesn’t always work.”

Trooper Michelle Kistulinec was giving out the signs for people to use in emergencies. For instance, if their car broke down and their cell phone died or they have bad reception, they put the signs in the back and side windows facing traffic to attract someone to call the police for them.

The vendors found the fair just as helpful as the attendees.

Robert Alaimo, director of marketing for Rezin Orthopedics, said this particular fair puts his company right in front of one of their target demographics to share the latest information and services they offer.

“There is always new information to provide, whether it’s new hardware used for knee replacements or our new spine surgeon,” he said.

Vendors such as Grundy Community Volunteer Hospice, the Grundy County Sheriff’s Department, Morris police and fire departments, adult daycare, nursing homes, Illinois Department on Aging, and other organizations and service providers were also present at the Senior Health Fair.

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