RCC to host senior health fair Friday

By Tom Joyce

March 18, 2014

Living longer and better will be emphasized Friday when Reeves Community Center hosts a seventh-annual senior health fair from 9 a.m. to noon.

Geared toward area residents who are 50 and older, the event will include representation by about 30 different agencies, some offering free screenings, snacks and other “goodies.”

Stations will be set up in the RCC gym, with blood pressure and blood sugar checks, balance and strength testing and body mass index evaluations to be provided along with information on needs associated with the target age group.

In addition, the Mount Airy Police Department will conduct an “Operation Medicine Drop” campaign during Friday’s health fair, which will allow participants to dispose of unused medications they might have at home.

Various informational stations typically are set up in the gym focusing on healthy dietary practices and other quality-of-life topics.

Among other agencies participating will be Choice Physical Therapy, Blue Ridge CareNet, Delp Chiropractic, the American Red Cross, Surry County Health and Nutrition Center, the Surry County Awareness Team and more. Senior citizens will be able to participate without being charged for any of these services, according to health fair organizer Fonda Mooney.

“This is a great opportunity to find out what our community has to offer for our senior adult population,” added Mooney, family services director for RCC/Mount Airy Parks and Recreation, which is co-sponsoring the event with the Senior Center of Surry County.

Past health fairs have included an array of health-care providers and representatives of public transportation programs, retirement housing and rehabilitation, home health, insurance and other services.

A representative of the Yadkin Valley Senior Games will be on hand Friday to assist senior adults in registering for this year’ games that will begin in May. The registration cost is $10.

The senior health fair tends to be heavily attended, including the last one in January 2013 held during a snowstorm.

“That’s why it was moved to March,” Mooney said Tuesday of a scheduling change that is aimed at solidifying the turnout by both seniors and exhibitors — some of whom opted not to set up shop at last year’s fair.

“Actually, it had been held every year in January,” said Mooney, and Mother Nature cooperated with good weather. That streak ended with the snow that hampered the January 2013 event.

“We hope it will bring more seniors out,” Mooney said of the scheduling switch.

Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-719-1924 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.