Senior fair increases awareness of health products and services

Lisa Wurth

September 21, 2010

The Watertown Daily Times reports that a recent health and information fair at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds was held in order to promote awareness among local senior citizens about products and services that could help them as they age.

This was the fair's eighth year, and over 1,000 seniors visited the event. A record 78 vendors set up at the fairgrounds, many of which addressed issues concerning hearing, seeing and balancing.

Free cholesterol screenings and blood pressure tests were administered, and eye tests were available as well, so seniors could safely be assessed by health professionals.

Randy L. Lehman, the director of rehabilitation services at Lewis County General Hospital, consulted seniors who had anxieties about falling. He also heard from a woman who had gone through the hospital's balance program and had been cured of her fears.

"She doesn't feel [afraid] anymore and she can go to the store without being afraid," Mr. Lehman said.

Those who believe that they are at risk for falling may want to invest in a senior alert system. These devices can allow a senior who has fallen to immediately contact friends, neighbors or doctors.