Head-to-toe screenings, educational material on medical problems andinformation on staying healthy will be available for older adults atthe Senior Health Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the Annapolis Mall.
The event, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is sponsored by the Auxiliary to the Anne Arundel County Medical Society. The annual fair offers seniors a chance to gather information as well as take part in more thana dozen screenings offered by area doctors.
Auxiliary members are spouses of physicians who are members of the Anne Arundel Medical Society. This year's fair is co-chaired by Mary Morris of Sherwood Forest and Denise Mattson of Annapolis.
"Withmore and more cutbacks in Medicare and with the senior population being the largest growing population, we want to help keep them in goodhealth," Morris said. "If we are going to live longer, then we should live longer healthy.
"It's just one way our community and local physicians can help," she added.
Between 300 and 400 seniors attended last year's fair. Local nursing homes will bus in residents to this year's gathering.
Not only will seniors get free check-ups, butthey can also see the Pascal Senior Center's Pascal Go-Getters and Frank Frankenberger and Friends musical variety shows, break a sweat with the Charles Ballard exercise team or dance with Marvelous Malvenaand the Charles Ballard Line Dancers from the Charles Ballard SeniorCenter in Edgewater.
The Ballard center is maintained by the auxiliary.
Medical services available at the fair include eye, ear, mouth, and foot screenings; joint evaluation; cholesterol check; glucose check; blood pressure check; and hematocrit and pulmonary function tests.
About 20 agencies and organizations will have booths set upat the fair, including the county library and departments of aging and health; Meals on Wheels; the American Lung Association; the Arthritis Foundation; Baltimore Radio Reading Service; Plastic Surgery Specialists and the Baltimore-Washington Eye Center.
The Anne Arundel Medical Center, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and North Arundel Hospital also will be represented.