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East Central College invites area residents to the annual Senior Expo & Health Fair Friday morning, May 10.


The free event will be held from 9 a.m. until noon in the gymnasium of the Multipurpose Building on the college campus in Union. 


Presentations will be held every half hour starting at 9:30 a.m.  Topics include Medicare options, identity theft, hearing loss, forgetfulness and memory loss, and neuropathy pain. 


A number of vendors will conduct screenings related to glaucoma, blood sugar, hearing and macular degeneration.  Other assessments will focus on balance testing, foot scans, grip strength testing, spinal screening, blood pressure and mood assessment.   


Thirty-six entities are join ing with the college to co-sponsor the event.  Comprehensive Eye Care, CrabApple Village Senior Estates, Ming Senior Services and the Washington Lions Club are platinum level sponsors for 2013.  Bank of Washington Senior Advantage and Life Care Center of Sullivan are gold level sponsors.


Silver level sponsors include Alternative Hospice, Arch Air Medical Service, Citizens Bank, Faith and Works Home Care, Franklin County Transportation Council, Mercy, Natural Healing Centers, New Haven Care Center, Nurses to Go, OATS, Pharmax Pharmacy, Union Eye Associates, United Bank of Union, United Health Care and Walgreens & Take Care Clinic.


The list of bronze level sponsors includes American Home Care, Anytime Fitness, Brown’s Shoe Center, CLAIM, Employee Benefits Services,  Heartland Hospice. Heartland Independent Living Center, Homestead at Hickory View, Humana MarketPoint Inc., LTC Providers, Mederi Caretenders Home Health, Miller Funeral Home, Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital-Wound Care Center, Rodan + Fields Dermatologists, and Washington Senior Center.


An additional 25 vendors will be in attendance at the event.  Several of the vendors will offer prize drawings and there will be drawings for door prizes throughout the morning. 


Bonnie Gardner, coordinator of the Expo and Health Fair, noted that this is the eighth year the college has sponsored the free event.  “Our intent is the same as it was in 2006,” said Gardner.  “We want to promote health awareness through education and prevention, and provide information to seniors about services available in the area.  Many free health screenings will be provided.” 


Gardner encourages anyone 55 and older to attend and bring family members who wish to hear about community resources available to their loved ones.  Golf carts will be available to shuttle attendees to the door so even those with difficulty walking will find it easy to get to the event.


For more information about the event call 636-584-6502 or email: .

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