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Showing what’s out there

By David Hotle | Oct 24, 2012

Information, entertainment and fun are offered when the annual running of the SeniorFest at Washington County Hospital kicks off from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the south lobby.

With this year’s event boasting 32 vendors and live entertainment, Washington County Hospital marketing director Amy Vetter predicts the event will provide a wealth of information to seniors and their caregivers. Other features include flu shots, vision checks, blood-glucose checks, blood pressure testing and information about living wills.

“SeniorFest is a senior health fair to showcase the resources and agencies we have locally to seniors and those who care for them,” Vetter said. “Any kind of service they may need from a senior home to hospice to health screenings.”

Washington County Ambulance is providing transportation to the event. For more information, call 653-2047. People attending SeniorFest 2012 are asked to enter the hospital through the south entrance. The event is free and open to the public.

As with the KidzFest, participants will be given a Bingo card for vendors to sign. At the end, the card can be turned in to be eligible for prizes. Prizes this year include everything from a Riverside Casino package to a Washington County Hospital cookbook.

Vetter said that the committee that organized SeniorFest this year had decided not to have specific speakers, as had been done in past years. Instead, information will be given at the displays.

Entertainer Lyle Beaver would be on hand from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. to perform music. Vendor booths will include retirement communities in the county, the Washington Community Y, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, many departments from Washington County Hospital as well as the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and Lending Hands Adult Daycare.

Vetter invites anyone over 65 as well as caregivers for seniors.

“It’s a large gambit of opportunity,” Vetter said. “It is a one stop shop for any information they need. For seniors or for someone who is caring for a senior, it would take a lot of time to call all these places and find out what would best serve you. You can get all of this in one time period.”

 

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