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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

St. Francis-based Senior Promise offers fall health festival

INDIANAPOLIS – Senior Promise is hosting its Fall Health Festival, Friday, Oct. 16, at The Atrium, 3143 E. Thompson Road.

The annual event, which is from 9 a.m. to noon, is geared for those age 50 and older, people with diabetes, caregivers and anyone seeking community resources for seniors and people with disabilities. There’s adequate parking at The Atrium, which is wheelchair-accessible.

The festival offers several health screenings, most of which are free, and information on a variety of medical topics. A limited number of cholesterol screenings will be available, so participants are asked to stop by the booth to receive a scheduled time to return for the test.

Senior Promise, a program based at St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers, also will offer free flu shots at the Fall Health Festival Medicare participantsThose without the card will be charged $20. If the flu vaccine does not arrive in time for the event, vouchers will be given to participants, enabling them to receive a free flu shot at a later date.

Some of the screenings available include blood pressure, osteoporosis, foot screening, colorectal cancer, balance assessment, hearing screening and lymphedema screening.

Launched in 1987, Senior Promise provides its 9,000-plus members a variety of meaningful services and benefits for people age 50 and older.

More information about the program is at