Annual health fair provides services for all ages

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For the eighth year, Forever Young Activity Center will host its annual community health fair for adults of all ages this Thursday, Oct. 4.

“Every year it gets a little bigger. We get different agencies involved,” Elaine Douglas, FYAC health fair coordinator, said.

The fair will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Blood pressure testing, carotid doppler screening, and mammogram scheduling and bone density scheduling will be provided by UT Health Quitman. Scott’s Pharmacy will give flu shots and provide a source for disposal of unused/expired prescriptions (no controlled substances). Brookshire’s Pharmacy will give shingles and pneumonia shots, cholesterol testing and glucose level checks. Those coming for flu, shingles or pneumonia shots should bring an insurance or Medicare card. Cost coverage under Medicare or insurance may apply.

Carter BloodCare will be on site for attendees to volunteer for donating blood. Douglas said there will also be home health agencies and Medicare representatives at the fair.

Roughly 100 people or more come through the fair each year. The center would like to see at least 200 to 300 people, she said. Douglas starts preparing for the health fair in August. All ages attend the fair, but she said the majority seem to be adults 50 years old and above.

“Last year was the best year,” Douglas said. “There seemed to be a steady flow of people, which gave agency reps and the community an opportunity to talk with each other.”

There will also be door prizes and giveaways. Guests register and get a ticket when they come in the door. Door prize winners will be announced during the fair but they don’t have to be present to win.

Douglas is an active volunteer with the FYAC. She teaches yoga and crafts and is secretary for two committees and the board at the center.

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