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Over 450 participate in Senior Expos
The Diocese of Gaylord and Catholic Human Services, along with local health care providers and senior service agencies, teamed up once again to provide seniors, caregivers, families and friends access to health screenings and information for services available through area organizations. The 2010 Senior Expos were held in Alpena and Cheboygan last month, and were once again well received by seniors from all over northern Lower Michigan.
The Alpena Senior Health Fair was held on October 5, attracting 41 vendors and an additional 245 participants. Those in attendance represented 12 different cities and 33 different faith communities. Numerous drawings were held for door prizes contributed by the vendors. The Alpena Senior Center prepared the morning snacks and sack lunches with 323 lunch tickets distributed to visitors, vendors and volunteer workers. Over 100 flu shots were given through Alpena Regional Medical Center.
The Alpena Senior Health Fair was supported by Alpena Regional Medical Center; Tendercare of Alpena and Greenview; Alpena Senior Care; and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Funding was provided by The Diocese of Gaylord, Catholic Human Services, and Region 9 Agency on Aging.
The Cheboygan Senior Expo took place on Thursday, October 21 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Cheboygan. Joining the sponsorship by the Diocese of Gaylord, and Catholic Human Services, additional sponsors included Cheboygan Memorial Hospital and the host for the event, St. Mary-St. Charles Catholic Church.
Over 215 attendees and 41 vendors gathered for this expo, with participants coming from 19 cities and 39 area faith communities. There were 61 flu shots given by Vital Care. Free blood sugar screenings were also performed for 97 participants and over 100 blood pressure checks were taken by Cheboygan Memorial Hospital. Vendors donated gifts for drawings which took place throughout the day. The Daughters of Isabella served the morning and noon refreshments along with helping with visitor sign-in. Bishop Baraga Catholic School assisted as greeters, which delighted the seniors attending.
The Senior Expos are funded in part by gifts to the annual Catholic Services Appeal (CSA).