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Hundreds of older adults to learn about successful aging

Blair Senior Services, Inc. and Altoona Regional Health System are hosting the 27th Annual Senior Health Fair on Wednesday, April 4 from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Jaffa Mosque, located on Broad Avenue at 22nd Street in Altoona.
Admission is free, and all area seniors are encouraged to attend to find out more about the many helpful ways to improve their health and overall wellness. Free giveaways and door prizes will be available to attendees.
This year, the focus of the fair is on successful aging.
“Now that the ‘baby boomers’ are reaching retirement age, healthy aging has taken on added importance. These individuals have challenged themselves to reach goals and achieve success in both business and family roles their entire lives. There is every indication that they will continue to do so in retirement, and this fair will provide them with resources that can help,” said Lacey Bowser, Community Services Worker for Blair Senior Services.
Sherri L. DeHaas, M.D., of Blair Medical Associates family practice, will be a featured guest speaker discussing \”Successful Aging.” To register for this program, call Altoona Regional Health System’s Healthy Living Club at 889-2630.
A 36-test blood screening, which includes tests that may assist in the early detection of common health risks facing adults in the region, is available for a fee of $34. Men may also register for a prostate screening for a fee of $20. All test results will be forwarded to your personal medical provider. A 12-hour fast is required before the blood work. Adults of any age may register for this reasonably-priced screening service by calling 889-4222.
After the fair, participants are invited to the Blair Senior Service Center at 1320 12th Avenue, Altoona to enjoy a lunch of spaghetti and meatballs, Italian blend vegetables, tossed salad, garlic bread and orange sherbet. Donations are accepted. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Blair Senior Services, Inc. at 946-1235 no later than Thursday, March 29. Following lunch, stay and enjoy dancing, or just listening to musical entertainment by Rich Hagens from 1 to 3 p.m. There is a $1 donation per person for the dance.
Transportation will be available to and from the fair, and also from the fair to the center for lunch and entertainment. To arrange for transportation, call Blair Senior Services’ Transportation Department at 695-3500 no later than Thursday, March 29. For more information on the Senior Health Fair, contact Lacey Bowser, Community Services Worker at 946-1235.