COA health fair offers screeningsPublished 3:33pm Sunday, August 18, 2013
CASSOPOLIS — Friday, Sept. 13, starting at 8 a.m., the community is invited to attend the Council on Aging’s annual Health Fair, held at the Lowe Center.
The Health Fair is presented in conjunction with Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital in Dowagiac.
Some of the free tests available require fasting, so a free brunch is provided which attendees can enjoy while exploring dozens of display stations put together by representatives at health organizations from throughout the community.
“Health care is a huge issue today,” stated Bob Cochrane, COA CEO. “This health fair provides the opportunity for residents from throughout Cass County to avail themselves of screenings, tests and information that can assist them in the prevention and potential treatment of various health issues at no cost.”
The goal of the COA Health Fair is to help attendees increase their personal health awareness through a variety of medical screenings, activities, materials, demonstrations and general information.
Today’s health care system requires that every person be their own advocate.
Perhaps there is no better way to gain access to better health care than to be more aware of our own health issues.
The health fair can benefit all in attendance because it offers attendees additional information that can make visits to doctors and dentists more productive and specific. While not a replacement for a doctor visit, the fair is designed to put people in contact with providers who can assist them with their health needs.
These screenings require an advance reservation by calling (269) 445-8110 or 800-323-0390:
• Blood tests that screen for cholesterol and glucose (fasting)
• Skin cancer screening
• PSA testing
Below is a list of additional screenings and information the COA Health Fair will offer:
• Blood pressure screenings
• Eye exams
• Hearing tests
• Colorectal screening information
• Sleep lab information
• COPD screenings
• Foot screenings
• Information on proper nutrition
• Oral cancer screenings
• Education on mental health issues
• Resources for loved ones in need of rehab services
• Information on Medicare/Medicaid issues
• Educational opportunities that encourage positive health changes
The COA wants everyone to leave with good information and lots of free materials that will increase personal health literacy.
The event is free and will be held Sept. 13 from 8 a.m. until noon at the COA’s Lowe Center, 60525 Decatur Rd. at M-60 east of Cassopolis.
If you would like further information, please call the COA at (269) 445-8110.