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Health fair reaches out to seniors

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Experts from Tahoe Forest Hospital will be at the Senior Health Fair today to dispense a little advice to area residents.Melanie Kauffman, Truckee Tahoe Seniors Council executive director, said she anticipates 200 or more people to attend the event being held at the new Center for Health and Sports Performance. Nurses from Tahoe Forest Hospital will be on hand to administer cholesterol and glucose testing, blood pressure and heart rate tests, balance assessment, bone density screenings, and cardiac risk assessment. There will also be cooking demonstrations, healthy treats provided, and relaxing chair massages for seniors. Helpful nutrition information as well as diabetic education will be discussed. The Tahoe Forest Physical Therapy Services will aid in answering the question, Are you at risk of falling? in a lecture and will give warm water therapy pool demonstrations. Other groups such as Nevada County Adult Protective Services, Nevada County Elder Abuse Advocacy & Outreach, and the Truckee Tahoe Seniors Council will be there to represent their main concerns and provide information for seniors. Kauffman said 10 percent of the population of Truckee includes seniors age 55 or over. She said the Seniors Council will be providing information about its core service, offering daily lunches at the Senior Center within the Truckee Donner Senior Apartments for those over 60 years old.We are making broader efforts to increase participation, Kauffman said of the various activities the Senior Center offers. Kauffman said the town of Truckee has strengthened its efforts in providing adequate transportation for seniors through Dial-A-Ride. However, no out-of-area transportation is available for seniors with medical appointments in Reno, Sacramento, and Auburn.The Senior Health Fair was made possible through a grant awarded to the Tahoe Forest Hospital from the Area 4 Agency on Aging for residents living living in Placer and Nevada counties.