22nd Annual Senior Health Extravaganza

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    By Jamie Venneman

    Seniors, men and women 55 and older, are the top priority for vaccinations because of weakened immune systems.

    In the past few years, there have been shortages in both amount and accessibility of flu and pneumonia shots. However, according to the online senior health journal seniorjournal.com, more doses are available this season than ever before. The problem comes when these men and women do not want to exert the effort, even with Medicare and Medicaid, to get the shots.

    “Not enough people who are 65 and older get a flu shot, yet it could be one of the most important things they do for themselves this year,” said Mark B. McClellan, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator to seniorjournal.com.

    For this reason and many others, the continuum of Care Committee sponsors the Senior Health and Wellness Extravaganza each year. This year”s event will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006, at the Provo Eldred Senior Center.

    The fair will offer free health screenings along with bone density testing, blood testing and shots for a small fee. Also, the National Kidney Foundation will be filling appointments for free kidney screenings on Oct. 23.

    “The main thing is that seniors can get flu and pneumonia shots,” said Laura Woolf, community specialist for Community Action Services.

    The event will also have food and a few entertainment booths including instructors from Cascade Golf, experts from Cabela”s (an outdoor activities retailer) and a representative from popular card stamping company Stampin” Up.

    “Plus, it is just fun for [seniors] to get out and mingle and get pampered,” Woolf said.

    Entrance to the event and many of the booths are free. For more information on the event, contact Melanie at 229-3809. The Provo Eldred Senior Center is located at 270 W. 500 North in Provo.

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