Senior Health Fair to provide free health screenings, Silver Sneakers resources

Published 10:51 am Wednesday, June 24, 2015

PROCTORVILLE — Hosted by the Brickhouse Cardio Club in Proctorville, a Senior Health Fair this Friday will offer free health screenings and the opportunity for local senior citizens to get together.

Angie George, owner and instructor at Brickhouse Cardio Club, said the event, which is 11 a.m.-2 p.m., is a great way for seniors to get information about their health and learn about the programs the club offers for senior citizens.

George said seniors who know about the fair are already looking forward to it.

“They are all excited about Friday,” she said.

There will be door prizes and free cookbooks that will help them prepare nutritious meals as part as a healthy lifestyle.

At the event, seniors can receive routine tests such as blood pressure checks and hearing tests. The screenings provided by HIMG will offer seniors the chance to receive personalized health information in an environment that is calm and welcoming. George said the screenings are “more of a relaxed environment” than one might find in a doctor’s office.

Seniors are “not going to be rushed,” she added. “We love to have them come and socialize.”At Brickhouse Cardio Club, health and socialization go hand-in-hand.

During the event, seniors will learn about Silver Sneakers, a program offered through insurance providers that covers the cost of health and sports classes for senior citizens.

George said a key focus of the fair will be informing seniors about Silver Sneakers and the classes that the club offers through the program

George will offer information sessions on Silver Sneakers classes that are “helping (seniors) get stronger.” George said the program “encourages seniors to get healthy,” and is a way to “keep seniors living independently longer.”

The classes offered are accessible to seniors of all fitness levels. If seniors are worried they might not be able to participate in the classes due to physical limitations, George can put those fears to rest.

“These classes work on everyday movement,” George said, adding for seniors, the classes are a great way to gain strength and get back to doing the things they love. “We’ve seen great results.”

The event is free and open to the public. Seniors need not be members of Brickhouse Cardio Club in order to attend.

For more information about Brickhouse Cardio Club and the Senior Health Fair, contact Angie George via Brickhouse Cardio Club’s Facebook page or by calling 304-633-1970. Brickhouse Cardio Club is located in Proctorville.