Beautiful Day for a Health Fair

Phyllis Ketring

The Health Fair was a great success thanks to the dedication, willingness and skill of the SaddleBrooke One staff. They planned, coordinated and worked tirelessly to help this large event go smoothly. Over 100 SaddleBrooke volunteers gave freely of their time assisting exhibitors and fairgoers alike. Thank you to everyone who made this event work.

By the numbers, almost 300 people received flu or pneumonia shots, and several more had the vital shingles vaccine.

Total Eye Health, Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science at the U of A, conducted 40 free eye exams for glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. Sonoran Ear Nose and Throat did 400 free ear swabs. Oro Valley Hospital pharmacists offered free consultations on drug interactions.

The mini-seminars by Oro Valley physicians provided valuable information about cardiology, podiatry and orthopedic surgery.

The new Information Station received 55 inquiries.

Fairgoers had the opportunity to learn about Medicare, to discuss specific legal and financial issues and to research assisted living. Golda Ranch Fire Department gave free blood pressure exams, and other exhibitors discussed general fitness and nutrition.

Many people learned about the “aging in place” services available to SaddleBrooke residents through Senior Village. Senior Village volunteers offer transportation, home visits for socialization, information about available services and simple home repairs. See for more about services and volunteer opportunities.

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital talked with residents about stroke warning signs and safe organization of the home for people with physical limitations. AARP acquainted residents with its services including technological tutoring services, tax assistance and an adult coloring class.

Healthy Skin Dermatology (formerly Sheftel) faced some unexpected staffing emergencies so they conducted limited screenings only. They have graciously volunteered to do a presentation at Health Night Out on Monday, January 23, at 7:00 p.m. They will conduct free skin cancer screenings at that time.

Residents brought huge quantities of expired medications for proper disposal, and many eyeglasses and cases were donated.

The Health Fair Planning Committee would like to express its gratitude and appreciation for everything people in our community did to make this event a success.