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Local senior centers to host health fairs

By Mehgaan Jones

mjones@news-daily.com

The Clayton County Senior Services Department will host health fairs at two of its centers next month.

The department will host a S.P.A.R.C. (Sickness Prevention Achieved through Regional Collaboration) event at the J. Charley Griswell Senior Center, in Jonesboro, Oct. 8, and at the Frank Bailey Senior Center, in Riverdale, Oct. 29, according to a press release issued by the Senior Services Department.

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. It is considered a "One Stop Shop for Wellness" for seniors, the press release states.

Tori Strawter, senior services assistant director for the Clayton County Senior Services Department, said the health fairs will offer flu, tetanus and pneumonia shots; blood pressure, foot, and cholesterol screenings; along with mammography scheduling.

"There will be lots of giveaways, door prizes, [and] fruits and vegetables," she said.

According to Strawter, the services are available to senior citizens, who are age 55 or older. She explained that some of the services are open to people, who are uninsured, such as the blood pressure, foot assessment, and healthy mind assessment. Seniors can receive the other services, if they have Medicare or approved private insurance. "No one will be turned away, there will be a service for everyone," said Strawter.

The health fairs will be held at the J. Charley Griswell Senior Center, in Jonesboro, on Oct. 8, from 10 a.m., until 2 p.m., and at the Frank Bailey Senior Center, in Riverdale, Oct. 29, also from 10 a.m., until 2 p.m.

The Griswell Senior Center is located at 2300 Highway 138 E., and the Bailey Senior Center is located at 6213 Riverdale Road.

Approximately 15 organizations and health-care providers will participate in the events, giving out information, testing and conducting seminars, according to Strawter.

Some of the vendors include the Atlanta Regional Commission, Kaiser Permanente, Clayton State University, and Southern Regional Hospital, she added.