Although I wasn’t able to arrive at Sandy Cole’s “Women & Senior Health & Wellness Fair” until it was about over. I was surprised to see the parking lot almost filled to capacity. The people that I talked to were very pleased with many saying that they wished that they had arrived earlier themselves since there was so much to see and absorb. One gentleman told me that he went home to get his wife only to return to a long line waiting for free or reduced flu shots (compliments of the local Walgreen’s store) as well as glucose and cholesterol screening. The entire room was filled with participants with the most tables I have ever seen set up in this area.
Cole told me that someone at the State level plans and organizes these events and starts out asking not-for-profit organizations to participate. Then a blend of other health & wellness offerings are added to create an array of participants and fill out the space. One person told me that they were tempted to have a mini-cupcake on the way to the free glucose testing but they passed up the temptation since the free screening required 8 hours of fasting.
In the large greeting area there were a lot of people taking advantage of massages from various participants. I spoke with one lady who had been having some discomfort for days and had never been to a chiropractor. After having the area massaged, she said the pain was completely gone and made a believer out of her of chiropractic care. There were numerous other participants lined up the length of both walls.
This was a no-charge health & wellness event (other than flu shots if you didn’t have a Medicare-B card) and Representative Cole was on hand to offer munchies and hot & cold drinks. I have quite a few photos but in fairness to those who had already or were starting to take down their sites, I won’t be putting together a video. I can tell you, though, that I was impressed by the number of people there when I arrived as well as long after it ended which indicates these are the types of events seniors & residents are looking for.