More than 50 vendors and service professionals will converge on Highlands Ranch Oct. 19 for the Second Annual Senior Health and Information Fair.
Organized by the Highlands Ranch Senior Triad, the free fair, at Eastridge Recreation Center, will give seniors an opportunity to get free blood pressure checks, oral cancer screenings and posture screenings, along with a few other complimentary checkups.
“It’s really about information and education,” said Jodie McCann, senior outreach coordinator with the Triad. “New this year, we will also have educational breakout sessions and information about home modifications for those that need it.”
The sessions will include presentations from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office on identity theft and fraud, representatives from United Healthcare answering questions on Medicare — which has an open enrollment period from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 — as well as a local pharmacist speaking about medication safety and the flu.
Each topic will be presented multiple times throughout the course of the fair, so attendees don’t have to be present all day to hear them all or plan on attending at a particular time in order to hear a particular presentation.
“The fair is really geared to adults of all ages,” McCann said. “A lot of adult children like to come with or without parents just to pick up information. It also helps them be better prepared to make decisions for themselves when they are seniors.”
Booths will provide information on everything from health directives, to wills, handyman services available to seniors, veteran benefits, non-medical in-home care, and financial strategies for paying for long-term care. There will be representatives from numerous area clinics and hospitals as well as other professionals present.
There will also be an opportunity for attendees to fill out a countywide survey put together by The Partnership of Douglas County Governments that focuses on the needs of area seniors, as the county braces for a quarter of its population to be over the age of 60 by the year 2030. People can also complete the survey online by visiting www.douglas.co.us and entering “Senior Initiative” in the search box.
The survey focuses on housing, transportation and recreation activities, as well as how people prioritize services and what they think about as they approach retirement or live as a current retiree in Douglas County.
The fair is from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Oct. 19 at Eastridge Recreation Center, 9568 S. University Blvd. in Highlands Ranch. For more information, please contact McCann at 720-240-4922 or firstname.lastname@example.org.