A special rainy, spring day – just for Osage County seniors and their families

Susan McDonald, of the Osage County Health Department, and Byron Jordan, of the Osage County Senior Center, draw names and present prizes during the annual senior resource fair last week.

Last Thursday the Osage County Senior Center and the Osage County Health Department co-hosted the annual senior resource fair. With 30 organizations, businesses and service providers outside and inside the center, and around 70 visiting patrons, it was deemed a successful day by senior center director Byron Jordan.

“Plus, we had some really nice rain showers throughout the fair day,” Jordan said.

During the fair, the Lions Club Mobile Screening Unit parked in front of the senior center, where local Lions volunteers conducted vision and hearing screens, and blood sugar and blood pressure checks. Employees of Dr. David Jacoby’s optometrist office and Peterson Nursing Home also assisted with the screenings. Attendees were also offered dental screenings and toenail care during the fair.

Those who enjoyed lunch (which is served five days a week at the center by Mid-America Nutrition Program) were also treated to Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn speaking about senior security and safety.

Jordan said the fair would not have been a success without all those involved.

“So a great deal of appreciation goes out to those vendors, the patrons, and especially Susan McDonald from the health department,” Jordan said.

Jordan said he was also pleased to honor Wilma Booth during this year’s fair. Booth was instrumental in initiating the original health fair several years ago and the subsequent fairs through 2013.

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Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn offers safety and security advice during Thursday’s noon meal at the senior center.

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Jon Reed, of Home Town Health Care, tells a fair attendee about the company’s services.

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The fair also allowed local providers an opportunity to discuss services for seniors. Here, Teresa Oliver, right, of SOS Inc., talks with staff of the Newman Osage Clinic.

More photos of the fair and its vendors and attendees can be seen here.


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