HEALTHY FOR LIFE
from Eyewitness News Online
September 27, 2013
The third annual SeniorFest this Saturday is open to everyone over age 50.
"I know some people are going to cringe when they hear that 50 is a senior, but preventative health care can play a active role in the quality of life they're going to have as they age, Joy Pelfrey, Cabell Huntington Hospital's director of senior services, said.
The event takes place in the atrium of the Marshall University Medical Center at Cabell Huntington Hospital, and promotes seniors being proactive with their health.
"It's going to be a carnival atmosphere and we do provide a free lunch for those in attendance and that's going to be over the top as always. We've got games that people can play," Pelfrey said.
It's a one-stop shop for people to get free screenings, flu shots, and information about a whole list of health-related topics. Some of the screenings being offered are free PSA blood test prostate screening for men who qualify, free depression and anxiety screenings, ,free cholesterol screenings, and more.
"We're going to be looking at skin damage on the face, and we'll be looking at test that sort of shows you the skin damage that's on there and perhaps might be a precursor to cancer," Pelfrey said.
Other topics addressed will be back and spine health, diabetes, joint replacement and heart health
Pelfrey sais older generations tend to hesitate when it comes to asking questions and being assertive about their health.
"Our goal is to make them feel comfortable maneuvering and navigating through the health care system," she said.
For more information, please call Senior Services at Cabell Huntington Hospital at 304-526-2520. The event will be held Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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