Senior health fair and luncheon Saturday |

Senior health fair and luncheon Saturday

To help raise awareness about health issues affecting seniors, the Tahoe Forest Hospital is hosting a free senior luncheon and health fair on Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Truckee Senior Center, 10040-A Estates Drive.

The fair is designed to educate seniors and provide them with free health screenings and nutritional information.

“The fair provides several different types of screenings for older adults,” said Janet Brady, the director of the Community Wellness Center. “The eye screen will test for glaucoma … we’ll also have a nutrition booth to show seniors how they can get all the necessary vitamins and minerals into their diets.”

The fair will also provide foot assessments from a podiatrist, prostate and skin cancer screenings as well as blood pressure and heart rate tests.

“The screenings are so important because it gives these seniors a chance to have all of their health concerns addressed in one place,” said Brady. “Although (a senior) might be seeing a doctor to address their prostate problems, sometimes they don’t tell them about the blood pressure problems they have been dealing with … this gives them the chance to have all of those issues addressed together.”

One of the biggest challenges facing health professionals is getting older adults to talk about the problems associated with aging.

The DIY Doctor Web site, a site that addresses senior health issues, notes that “reluctance to report problems and disabilities increases as we age.”

Health fairs can help physicians reach patients that would normally never seek advice, due to fear of doctors offices or not having insurance.

The health fair will also provide a gourmet lunch at noon for seniors attending the event.

“Betsy Taylor, a registered dietitian, and our ‘culinarian,’ polled the seniors at the senior center … and put together a menu that they will enjoy, that takes out the saturated fat. She will show the seniors how to use those techniques in their own cooking,” said Brady.

The Senior Luncheon and Health Fair is free to all seniors over the age of 50, but donations are appreciated and reservations are recommended.

For information and reservations call (530) 582-3483 or (800) 733-9953 ext. 3483.

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