Cheboygan and Alpena to hold senior health expo’s

GAYLORD — As the leaves begin to change and the colder weather is ushered in, many are preparing for cold and flu season. For seniors who live in Cheboygan and Alpena, a trip to the Cheboygan Senior Expo or the Alpena Health Expo may be just what the doctor ordered.
The Alpena Health Expo will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Once again, flu shots will be available for $25, or billable to insurance (be sure to bring your insurance card), along with health education talks and several interactive booths from different vendors.
Participants may also take advantage of a health screenings that will be offered, including diabetes risk assessment and a bone density screening. New this year will be a cooking demonstration by Melissa Tolan-Halleck, RD, ARMC, who will focus on how to cook healthy meals while living on a budget. Other educational talks include “How to make your advance directive complete,” which will be presented by Christie VanMassenhove, an attorney, and Chief Forbursh of the Alpena City Fire Department. Seniors may also bring old medications for proper safe disposal.
Lunch is free and transportation is available to and from the health expo for no charge by calling TBTA/Dial-a-Ride at (313) 354-2487.
Being held on Thursday, Oct. 17, the Cheboygan Senior Expo will also take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall on the corner of M-27 and M-33. This year’s expo will have flu shots provided by Walgreens (again, bring your insurance card), as well as a special “ask the pharmacist,” presentation. Available health screenings include blood pressure, body composition, glaucoma, and a sleep questionnaire.
Information will be presented on heart disease, as well as medical fitness, mammography, and sleep diabetes. McLaren Northern Michigan will also be on hand to present about the various services they can provide to area seniors. Seniors are encouraged to bring any old prescriptions to have them safely disposed by Modern Pharmacy.
Lunch will be served by the Daughters of Isabella and the Knights of Columbus will provide free rides on the day of the event. Transportation can be arranged by calling (231) 627-9110 in advance or (231) 627-5088 on the day of the event.
St. John the Baptist Church is located at 2550 First St. in Alpena. The Knights of Columbus Hall is located at 9480 N. Straights Highway in Cheboygan. For more information, contact Tina Schichtel of Catholic Human Services at tshichtel@catholichumanservices.org or 1 (800) 658-8554.
Catholic Human Services will have information on safe prescription drug storage and substance abuse prevention services at both expo locations.
For over ten years, the annual expos have been presented as a cooperative effort of the Diocese of Gaylord, Catholic Human Services and local health agencies to help connect those over 60 with resources within the community and provide information for family caregivers.†

Author: Arnold Medina

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