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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Senior Promise health fair offers variety of services, resources at Oct. 4 event

An estimated 600 people attend each annual Fall Health Festival, the
 largest event of its kind geared for seniors.
INDIANAPOLIS – Senior Promise is hosting its 20th annual Fall Health Festival, Friday, Oct. 4, at The Atrium Banquet Hall, 3143 E. Thompson Road.

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

The festival offers the opportunity to not only learn about up to date changes in the medical field, undergo health screenings and learn of new area resources, but it also offers the occasion to stay connected and in touch. 

“This popular yearly event is one of the highlights of the Senior Promise program benefits.  Each year it attracts about 600 participants who are interested in bettering their health,” said Jeanelle Regal, Senior Promise director.

The festival offers information on a variety of medical topics and health screenings, including cholesterol, blood pressure, oral cancer, balance assessment, vision, diabetes foot, and lung/air capacity.

The Visiting Nurse Service at St. Francis will be on hand to offer flu and pneumonia shots which are covered to those receiving Medicare Part B or having Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield health insurance. The flu vaccine is $30 and pneumonia vaccine is $70 for non-Medicare enrollees and non-Part B Medicare beneficiaries.

This year’s health fair will include a blood drive and visit from emergency medical technicians from Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services, who will talk with guests about personal safety and assist in filling out free emergency medical information forms. 

New to this year’s fair will be a blood drive. The Indiana Blood Center’s mobile unit will be onsite for blood donations. If you have questions about your eligibility to donate, call Indiana Blood Center at 317-916-5150 or email
Launched in 1987, Senior Promise is a program based at Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis, provides its 22,000-plus members a variety of meaningful services and benefits for people age 50 and older throughout the year.

For more information about Senior Promise, call 317-528-6660.