Fair offers on-site screenings, info for seniors, caregivers and others

2014-02-20T00:00:00Z Fair offers on-site screenings, info for seniors, caregivers and othersSubmitted by Sue Agnew St. Philip’s Communications Director Arizona Daily Star

St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church will hold its fifth annual Family Caregiver and Senior Resource Fair from 8 to 11:45 a.m. Sunday in the West Murphey Gallery at the church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave.

The fair is designed to provide an opportunity for seniors, caregivers and those concerned about their own future senior care to obtain information from professionals in health care, social work and elder care who specialize in the health, comfort and general well-being of seniors, caregivers and maturing adults.

Free health screenings for hypertension, asthma, diabetes, cholesterol and osteoporosis will be conducted by the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. Although seniors and family caregivers are especially encouraged to have these free screenings done, anyone is welcome to avail themselves of these services.

Participants may bring all their medications, including supplements, in the original containers in a brown bag . Pharmacists will perform a review of the medications and offer personalized information on possible interactions, side effects and adverse reactions.

During the fair, Dr. Theodore Tong will offer a forum, “Food and Supplement Interaction and Effect on Medications.” Tong is associate dean of the College of Pharmacy and executive director of the Arizona Poison & Drug Information Center.

Other fair participants will include the Pima Council on Aging, Interfaith Community Services and Arizona’s Office of the Attorney General .

Pick up a free File of Life, a minimedical history you can post on the outside of your refrigerator for your safety. Obtain information on heartburn, immunizations recommended for adults and seniors(2014 updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), what constitutes a healthy heart, resources available for smoking cessation, caregiving, elder wellness and senior/caregiver spirituality.

The director of the Community Outreach and Education Division of the Attorney General’s Office will present a forum on the Attorney General’s Life Care Planning Packet. She will also offer updates on medical fraud and senior scams. Packets will be available at the fair.

There will be a door prize raffle for a Nook tablet.

The fair and health care screenings are free and open to the public.

For more information call Brigid at 577-7792 or email brigie@hotmail.com

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