By Dennis Phillips
LAKEWOOD - More than 30 vendors will be participating in the United Senior Council's wellness fair Thursday at Emeritus at Lakewood.
The wellness fair will be happening between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Emeritus, which is located at 220 Southwestern Drive, Lakewood. Brett Mucheck, Emeritus spokesperson, said there will be about 35 vendors at the United Senior Council event.
"There are going to be three screenings for blood pressure, screening for feet, a screening for hearing and general counseling on health-related illness," he said. "There will be a representative to talk about nutrition and food needs and home energy needs, as well. People can apply for a free home energy audit. They will tell you how to make your home more energy efficient."
Mucheck said there will be other vendors providing in-home services for home health care agencies, occupational and physical therapist and for items on how to make homes more senior friendly like devices for in the bathroom.
"There will be several associations here as well for people with parkinson's, Alzheimer's and for those who are blind," he said. "There will be things like people from funeral homes who will talk about cover the costs for final resting plans. Also, a lot of area hospitals, and information on senior exercise programs."
Mucheck said there will be a lot of giveaways and the wellness fair is free. He said a free lunch will be provided for every senior who attends. Also, people can register with Emeritus to receive a coupon for another free lunch or dinner.
For the past two months, Emeritus at Lakewood has also been participating in Senior Nutrition Month. Nationwide, the company is giving away 10,000 meals to seniors. Mucheck said the company is on track to reach its goal by the end of April.
"We've had a lot of success. It has been a lot of fun to go out and visit with seniors we don't normally get to meet," he said. "I've personally delivered several of the meals and I have enjoyed hearing great stories and having great conversations."
Mucheck said technically March was Senior Nutrition Month, but Emeritus extended is program in order to giveaway 10,000 free meals. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, nearly one in 10 seniors in America suffers from poor nutrition. This can exacerbate problems already common among seniors, including depression, improper healing, and a depressed immune system.