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Monday, August 8, 2016

Seniors encouraged to pack their bags for Journey Through Wellness

Annual health fair program slated for Sept. 8 at The Atrium

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – What’s in your medicine cabinet? How do the medications you take interact with one another and affect your overall health?

Senior Promise, a Franciscan St. Francis Health-based program, can help answer those and other questions at Journey Through Wellness, Thursday, Sept. 8 at The Atrium (3143 E. Thompson Road). The event, open from 8 a.m. to noon, provides an interactive experience of health and wellness education, screenings and other activities.

Franciscan St. Francis pharmacists will be on hand to help with medication accuracy and safety by meeting individually with participants who bring in their prescription and over-the-counter drugs. This “Brown Bag” event also helps seniors to better prepare for the annual Medicare open enrollment.

“We’re excited to have our pharmacists partner with us for this important service,” said Mindy King, Franciscan Insurance Services director. “This free review helps identify ways people can save money, improve medication compliance and reveal potential medication problems.”

Journey Through Wellness also offers screenings for oral cancer, blood pressure, balance and foot exams. Flu and pneumonia vaccinations will be offered for a fee; however, those having Anthem, Medicare or Medicare Advantage Plan insurance may be covered. Participants should contact their insurance carriers before the event and find out if they provide coverage for a mobile vaccination clinic.

Guests also may learn about personal safety and receive help on how to fill out free emergency medical information forms. Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services staff will explain how this helps alert them to any conditions or allergies a patient may have if they are unresponsive during treatment. And it also helps first responders easily identify family members or friends to contact during an emergency.
Since 1987, Senior Promise has been keeping a pledge with more than 33,000 Central Indiana seniors. The program offers a variety of benefits and events to help those ages 55 and older stay in good health and prepare for the future.

Franciscan Insurance Services, a component of Senior Promise, has licensed agents at its facilities in Indianapolis and Mooresville, all of whom provide counseling and sound advice about most insurance issues. To learn more call 317-528-6660 (Indianapolis) and 317-834-9548 (Mooresville).