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Senior Expo Provides Free Information and Screenings

By Staff | Sep 22, 2009

On Tuesday, September 15 at the Lycoming Mall local residents were well informed about health resources in the area. George Michael and his wife, Tess from Turbotville came to look around to get updates and information they said.

Over 92 agencies were represented according to Senator Gene Yaw who co-sponsored the event with Representative Garth Everett.

Several free screenings were offered to seniors by area health providers.

Peggy Winder, a Pulmonary Rehabilitation Instructor from Susquehanna Health was giving breathing screenings for COPD. Osteoporosis screenings for women were provided by the Life Center, and Jersey Shore Hospital gave osteoporosis screenings for men along with Basic Metabolic Panels. Spinal scans and trigger point spinals, orthopedic and joint replacement questionnaires helped participants learn more about flexibility and pain management.

Services were provided on flu vaccines, diabetes, nutrition, arthritis and weight management. Blood Pressure checks were given throughout the event at various locations.

Both profits and non-profits were represented in the health community.

Information was given on various topics related to seniors such as elder law, consumer protection, financial management, nursing homes, and chiropractic care.

“We had such a large response. We had to turn vendors away due to a limited amount of space at the mall,” said Garth Everett. The event is in its eighth year started by Brett Feese’s Office and has grown over the years by spreading the word he said. “This is a one stop for care takers and caregivers he replied.

Senator Gene Yaw commented that it gives the seniors one place to get education on health providers and services in the area. “It provides an immense service and it does not cost the government anything.”

Hundreds of bags and lots of free hand outs from pens to candy and tote bags were handed out by lunch time said the organizers of the event. It is great advocacy for the mall. Seniors get to shop and socialize commented Yaw and Everett.