Attendees Receive Health Tips & Socialize
FONDA — Senior citizens headed to the Montgomery County Annex Building Thursday to learn about emergency preparedness, get their blood pressure checked or to receive tips on health and car safety.
Montgomery County’s Public Health Department held their first annual Senior Meet and Greet from 11 a.m. until noon. Attendees browsed tables, socialized or participated in games or raffles during the event.
Montgomery County Public/Mental Health Director Sara Boerenko said seniors do so much for the community that her department wanted to provide a day dedicated to them.
“We wanted to provide seniors information to keep them healthy and so they can pass it along to their families,” Boerenko said. “Seniors are near and dear to my heart. The least I can do is give them something back for everything they’ve done for this community.”
D. Dorine Dimond, of Fonda, plays a game Thursday with Immunization Coordinator Wanda Antos and Community Health Nurse Suzanne Skelton during the Public Health Department’s Senior Meet and Greet.
Public Health employees provided information on County walking trails, rabies and communicable diseases during the Senior Meet and Greet. Other community agencies such as the Office for Aging, Mental Health Association of Fulton and Montgomery Counties, AAA, the Alzheimer's Association, Walgreens and Resource Center for Independent Living were in attendance.
Immunization Coordinator Wanda Antos and Community Health Nurse Suzanne Skelton ran a table where seniors could play a game. Participants spun a wheel and attempted to answer the health related question they landed on. They received a prize for answering correctly.
D. Dorine Dimond of Fonda was one of the participants. She found out about the meet and greet through the Glen Mohawk Seniors.
“This is very interesting for us,” Dimond said. “The Public Health Department is wonderful and it’s good to see the types of services they provide.”
Director of Emergency Services Jeffery T. Smith also passed out information during the meet and greet. Susan Zepperi, of Amsterdam, browsed his table which had pamphlets, magnets and important information a senior might need during an emergency situation.
“I’m always looking for new things to do and learning something new,” Zepperi said.
Olive Taylor of Fultonville watched as her husband Allan got his blood pressure checked by a pharmacist running the Walgreens table.
“We just decided to stop by and see what’s going on,” Olive Taylor said. “We like coming to these types of events.”
Assistant Public Health Director Laurel Headwell said the department wanted to get the senior population out and about.
“Seniors make up a good portion of Montgomery County’s population,” Headwell said. “We want them to see the services that are available to them.”
Boerenko said hopefully the Senior Meet and Greet will become an annual event.
Pharmacist Joshua Baker checks Allan Taylor's blood pressure Thursday during the Public Health Department's Senior Meet and Greet.
Susan Zepperi, Amsterdam, pictured Thursday with information from the Emergency Services table during the Senior Meet and Greet.