Seniorfest highlights services for seniors
While it wasn’t Halloween, senior citizens in Washington County were treated to a number of educational pamphlets, free pens, snacks, first aid kits, koozies, pot scrapers and a 2013 calendar as they went from one vendor to another Saturday morning during Seniorfest at the Washington County Hospital and Clinics. Fortunately, the hospital gave each attendee a large plastic bag with handles that held all the loot.
Washington County Deputy Nathan Schmueker had a display showing many of the programs run by the sheriff’s office. He said one of the biggest problems seniors especially are running into are phone calls from faraway places that are scams. He said a person might get a call to say a son or grandson had been injured or jailed and that person needs a few thousand dollars in emergency funds. People should not send money in response to that kind of call without making sure it’s true or false.
Lynn Fisher of the Public Health Department said that there are 25 confirmed cases of flu in Iowa and one of those cases is in Washington.
“It’s essential that people get flu shots, especially right now,” she said.
Flu shots were available at Seniorfest.
Jeff Johnston of the county’s Veterans Affairs Commission said that he had signed up a Korean War-era veteran who didn’t know he was eligible for help from the federal government. The commission is attempting to find all of the county’s veterans who could receive benefits as a result of their service to the nation.
There were more than 30 vendors offering a variety of services to assist with the needs of seniors ranging from ambulance services, in-home care, end-of-life concerns, geriatric massage to information about osteoporosis, physical therapy, healthy diets and medical supplies.