As a part of the October National Cooperative Month celebration, Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative is sponsoring the 19th annual series of “Senior Expos” in the four counties served by the co-op.
These health and information fairs are being organized to bring together agencies, organizations and businesses that offer services of interest to area adults age 55 and older and their care givers.
“As the ‘Baby Boom’ generation ages, there is an increasingly larger population of adults with special interests and needs. These citizens often do not know what services are available to them locally or whom to contact to obtain these services,” said Mike Partin, President/CEO of Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative. “Through these Senior Expos we hope to provide a service to our mature members while promoting our local businesses and organizations.”
The event in each county will begin at 8:00 a.m. At that time participants may begin visiting with exhibitors or taking advantage of the many free services available, such as the screenings for cholesterol and blood sugar levels. These screenings in Sequatchie and Bledsoe counties were provided by Erlanger Bledsoe Hospital. Parkridge West Hospital will provide the service in Marion and Grundy counties. Participants are asked to have nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before for the most accurate results. They may enjoy the light breakfast being served at each expo after they have had blood drawn for the cholesterol screening. Other health screenings will be offered free of charge. These will vary by county, but may include: vision and blood pressure screening, as well as oxygen saturation level evaluation. Flu shots will be available from local pharmacies. The pharmacist will file the insurance claim for those with Medicare – please bring your Medicare card.
The Memorial Hospital’s Breast Services staff will be on hand to provide information on scheduling appointments for the mobile mammography coach visit to our local communities. Women 40 and over, with or without insurance are eligible to take advantage of this service.
A number of educational sessions, including information on Medicare, elder abuse, legal issues, keeping your financial information secure in the digital age, disaster/emergency preparedness, reversing diabetes, breast cancer awareness, and other preventative health information will be conducted from 9:30 through the lunchtime program at 11:30. Topics may vary by county. A light lunch provided by Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative and local sponsors will be served at 11:30. A drawing for door prizes will be held following the lunch time speaker. You must be present to win.
Many local businesses and agencies will be on hand with exhibits and representatives to answer questions and distribute information from 8 a.m. -11 a.m.
October 24 – Jasper First Baptist Church
October 25 – Gruetli Laager Community Center
For more information visit www.svalleyec.com or call Cathy Black at 423-837-5044 or 800-923-2203, extension 5044.