Health tests among freebies offered at Portage Senior Fair

2013-05-02T19:15:00Z 2013-05-02T22:35:13Z Health tests among freebies offered at Portage Senior FairJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | Linda Bryann got her hearing and blood pressure checked.

Jo Bowman picked up information on acupuncture and Jeanette McClain picked up literature on a myriad of topics for herself and friends.

The trio of Portage women were among the hundreds of senior citizens who stopped by the 13th annual Portage Senior Health Fair at Woodland Park Thursday morning.

"I come every year," said Bowman. "You see a lot of people and, let's face it, you get a lot of freebies."

After picking up a variety of pens and chip clips, seniors could get their blood pressure, bone density, grip strength, heart rate, vision, lung function, blood sugar, among other things, tested. They could pick up information on anything from financial planning to senior living, in-home care services, legal services, funeral arrangements and senior activities.

Then, they could take a break and get a massage and top off the morning with a free lunch sponsored by Porter Regional Hospital.

"We do this for our seniors, so that they can have a higher quality of life," said Sue Lynch, Portage city council member and chair of the event, sponsored by the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Senior Services.

"Our focus is on health, how they can have a healthier life, better quality of life," said Lynch, adding the event has grown to about 75 vendors this year. It has also had the support of city businesses who provided items placed in five gift baskets given away as door prizes.

"We have a team of people work on this, volunteers, committee members and support from the mayor's office," she said.

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