AARP offers health fair

Published 10:02 am Tuesday, October 5, 2010

SOUTH POINT — Lack of insurance and rising healthcare costs can cause some people to forgo needed routine healthcare screenings and lab work, but the Lawrence County AARP wants to keep that from happening.

The Lawrence County AARP Chapter #5029 is sponsoring a health fair from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday at the old South Point High School, 202 Park Ave. in South Point.

Kathy Moore, Lawrence County AARP chairwoman, said this is the 10th year for the fair.

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“We do it to help the community,” Moore said. “It’s like a one-stop shop. We try to pull everyone in.”

Moore said four major hospitals will be represented and giving out services at the fair, as will 23 other local providers. Some of the services provided include fasting blood work, blood sugar and cholesterol finger stick testing, lung function tests, breast education, blood pressure testing, bone density testing, glaucoma screening, vision and hearing testing, flu shots and more.

Moore said that with changes in the country’s health care system, as well as a tough economy, this is especially needed.

“A lot of people have lost insurance,” she said.

Moore said the event is free and open to everyone age 50 and over. The only service with is a fee is the flu shot clinic and that is $20. For people with Medicare, the fee will be billed to Medicare. There is no preregistration for the event.