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Health fair for seniors slated

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The Northwestern Health Unit is hosting a “Healthy Aging Adult Fair,” for those aged 50 and older, for the first time here.

Set for this Tuesday (June 23), people can drop by the health unit’s office on Scott Street anytime from 9 a.m.-noon.

“We’re trying to build a base for people to reach out,” explained public health nurse Myrna Kranyk-Cooper.

“There is a huge need out there,” she stressed.

Kranyk-Cooper said the fair will feature five booths, with specialists providing information (both general and personal) for those on hand.

They include Dave Black, community para-medicine co-ordinator, who will speak on fall risks and blood pressure.

Sheryl Barkley, an occupational therapist at La Verendrye Hospital, will discuss brain health while Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist Kevin Nielson will address medication assessment.

Representatives from Service Canada and the local Older Adults Program also will be there to share information.

A number of “healthy living” demonstrations also are planned, including chair yoga, resistance bands training, urban polling, and tai chi, from 10-11 a.m.

Kranyk-Cooper added the health unit also will provide vaccine assessment for those who wish to update their immunization record.

She hopes people will take advantage of the fair.

“The health unit is really trying to reach out to older adults,” Kranyk-Cooper said.

“This is our first one so we’re just seeing how it goes,” she noted.

“But we think it’s important to build a of network with older adults to ensure that they have injury prevention and can be as healthy as possible when aging.”

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