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October 21, 2011 > Health and Resource Faire for Seniors

Health and Resource Faire for Seniors

By Isabella Ohlmeyer

Try it out, "Just for the Health of it!" Seniors are invited to be active and healthy at the 12th Annual Health and Resource Faire for Seniors at the Silliman Activity Center in Newark on Tuesday, October 25. From 9 a.m. to noon, vendors will offer their expertise on Senior Programs and Services. Local vendors will check for blood pressure, cholesterol level, and give osteoporosis screenings. There will be free flu shots available for individuals on Medicare. Medicare patients must bring their Medicare card for verification. Those who are not on Medicare must pay a $25 fee for the flu shot. Pneumonia shots are recommended for people ages 65 and older and costs $55 a person.

The faire first began 13 years ago in 1998. This year would have marked the 13th annual event, but due to the state budget cuts, the Newark Senior Center lost funding for the event last year and it was not held. Cheryl Galzec, a representative at the Newark Senior Center, stated, "Because of Measure U being passed recently, we got our staff back this year and funding for the event and we are very excited." Measure U is a five-year 3.5 percent utility tax that prevented cuts to essential public services, particularly to the City of Newark including the Silliman Center, and prevented closure of the center altogether. It was on the November 2010 election Ballot and was passed with 58 percent of approval votes.

The health faire is very informative for seniors and encourages them to live a consistently healthy lifestyle. Over 80 vendors are expected to participate in the event. Free refreshments will be available to all attendees. For more information, contact the Senior Center at (510) 578-4840.

Health and Resource Faire for Seniors
Tuesday, October 25
9 a.m. - noon
Silliman Activity Center
6800 Mowry Avenue, Newark
(510) 578-4840

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