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State leaders host senior fair at White Oak School

MORRIS – Anne Kenney of Minooka tries to attend most senior fairs in the area to get information as well as check her health.

“I always get my blood pressure checked, it’s very important,” Kenney said.

Checking her blood pressure at Wednesday’s free senior fair at White Oak School was Kathy Wexelberg from Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers.

State Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, hosted the free senior fair with state Rep. John Anthony, R-Plainfield. The fair was aimed at providing screenings and information for seniors in the area.

“Seniors matter,” Anthony said at the event. “This is my first time hosting it. It was done by Sen. Rezin and Rep. (Pam) Roth previously, and I wanted to keep it going as a way to take care of the seniors in our area.”

Kaye Hunsinger said it isn’t just the blood pressure screenings but also the free massage being given by Ken Kalas from Bodyworks in Morris.

“I come because I learn different things,” Hunsinger said. “I wouldn’t have the information on fraud if it weren’t for them.”

Information that was available at the fair included nutrition, eye health, assisted living, diabetes, transportation, veterans’ assistance, safety in your home, library programs for seniors, Internet safety, identity theft and hospice.

Deb Wyeth with the Grundy County Health Department said the fair is a great place for seniors to get local information. 

“We’ve been going since the fair started, and it’s a great way to get outreach to seniors,” Wyeth said. 

She said it’s surprising how many seniors don’t know what services are available to them so the fair provides a good chance for them to get educated.

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