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Seniors receive screenings, information at health fair

Photo By Mehgaan Jones
Costco Marketing Representative, Eve Wall, gives information about various health and wellness tips to health fair attendees, Friday, at the Frank Bailey Senior Center.

Photo By Mehgaan Jones Costco Marketing Representative, Eve Wall, gives information about various health and wellness tips to health fair attendees, Friday, at the Frank Bailey Senior Center.

By Mehgaan Jones

mjones@news-daily.com

The Clayton County Senior Services Department hosted a "one stop shop for wellness" health fair for senior citizens, on Friday.

Hampton resident, Brenda Richardson, attended the fair to receive health screenings, and obtain information about healthy living.

"As I have gotten older, I realized that I need to be more deliberate about staying healthy," said Richardson. She added that the fair is a tremendous opportunity to get screenings.

The S.P.A.R.C. (Sickness Prevention Achieved through Regional Collaboration) health fair took place at the Frank Bailey Senior Center, in Riverdale, from 10 a.m., until 2 p.m. The center is located at 6213 Riverdale Road.

According to Elaine Jackson, Clayton County senior services health and wellness coordinator, hundreds of participants attended the event. "They [seniors] are able to get immunizations and general health-care information," said Jackson.

S.P.A.R.C. is a county program that works in partnership with community organizations and health-care providers to promote disease prevention, by providing screenings and immunizations for seniors. Jackson said that the event was sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, CVS Pharmacy, Costco, Southern Regional Hospital, AARP, Walgreens, and several other health-related organizations.

"The event is a one stop shop for wellness ... Everything they want, they can get here," said Jackson.

Florence McKeathen, 67, a resident of Riverdale, is a volunteer at the center, and thought the event was a great chance to receive a flu shot. "I am in and out of here [senior center] all the time, so I might as well come in here and get a flu shot," said McKeathen.

McDonough CVS pharmacist, Jenesha Pace, said that the flu season is upon us, and it is beneficial to receive a shot.

Vendors were also on hand to take blood pressure, provide foot and spinal scans, and to give out information about healthy eating, and about diabetes.

Jackson added that many of the seniors at the event, have diabetes, and the fair was an opportunity for participants to receive information from health professionals about the disease.

The center also gave away free fruits and vegetables to attendees, who visited at least five vendors at the fair, said Jackson.

Eve Wall, a marketing representative from Costco, expressed how great it is to see seniors participating in the health fair. "I enjoy seeing them [seniors] taking interest in themselves," she said.