Homeports Helps Sponsor Free Community Health Fair April 2

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A Community Health Fair will be offered on Thursday, April 2, 2015, from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Kent County Middle School, located at 402 East Campus Avenue, Chestertown. Organized by HomePorts, Inc., in cooperation with University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, the health fair is free and open to community members of all ages, although children must be accompanied by an adult.

There will be over 60 exhibitors offering the most current information about health care, wellness, healthy living and lifestyle choices, assisted living, long-term care, identity theft, safety and emergency preparedness, and community resources available locally. There will also be food exhibitors, including the new Redner’s Market, ACME, Chestertown Natural Foods, and Pamela’s Heavenly Treats. Additionally, free morning refreshments will be provided, compliments of the Galena Lions Club and the Town of Chestertown.

Local healthcare providers and clinicians will have educational information on a variety of healthcare topics including: diabetes, cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, mental health and depression, home care, and women’s health. Also highlighted at the health fair will be services and programs available to help you or a loved one to manage chronic illnesses and diseases.

There will be 10 talks presented by local physicians and experts between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., each to be repeated three times, making it very convenient for health fair attendees to attend and hear multiple talks. The topics, speakers and schedule follows:

9 a.m., 9:30 a.m. & 10 a.m.

  • Diabetes, Dr. Kenneth P. Ligaray
  • Hypertension & Lipid Management, Dr. Juan M. Cordero
  • Mental Health, Patricia Dietz, LCSW-C
  • Degenerative Arthritis, Dr. Edmund J. Maclaughlin
  • Alzheimer’s Disease, Dr. Frederick W. Delboy

10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

  • Urinary Incontinence & Overactive Bladder, Dr. Christopher Parry
  • Medication Safety for the Elderly, Ken Peregoy, PharmD
  • Colon Cancer Screening Guidelines, Dr. Gerard O’Connor
  • Medicare 2015 – What You Need to Know, Michelle P. Holzer
  • Sleep Hygiene, Steve Eisemann, BS, RRT

 

Free blood pressure and body mass index (BMI) screenings, and at-risk checklist assessments for diabetes and stroke will be available. Additionally, lab screenings for HDL and total cholesterol will be available from 8 am – 11 am for $5 per test.

The Colgate “Bright Smiles, Bright Futures” mobile dental van will provide free dental screenings and dental care kits for children ages 1-12 years. All children will need to be accompanied by a parent or caregiver, and a signed release form is required for all dental screenings.

Food will be available for purchase during the lunch hours of 11 a.m. through 1 p.m., including the local food truck The Black Burro.

The health fair is fortunate to have the support of many generous sponsors. Joining the top Platinum sponsors, Kent County Government and the University of Maryland Shore Regional Health are 10 Silver sponsors, including: ACME of Chestertown; Heron Point of Chestertown; Kent County News; MDVIP/Dr. Wayne Benjamin; Novo Nordisk USA; Pfizer, Inc.; Price Rentals & Events; Redner’s Markets, Inc.; What’s Up Eastern Shore; and Yerkes Construction. The Bronze sponsors include: Allstate Building Company; Autumn Lake Healthcare at Chestertown; Comfort Keepers; Compass Regional Hospice; Craig’s Drug Store; Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam; Galena Lions Club; The Hearing Center of Chestertown; Head to Wind Publishing; Heartfields Assisted Living at Easton; Home Instead Senior Care; Kent Athletic & Wellness Center; Kent County Commission on Aging; Living At Home Health Services; Loving Touch Home Care; Maryland Relay; PNC Bank of Chestertown; Town of Chestertown; Upper Shore Aging; and Walgreens.

A limited number of free transportation vouchers are available to and from the event location, but must be reserved 24 hours in advance by calling 800-645-7111 or 410-778-0215.

For more information about the event, or for a schedule of talks, speakers, sponsors or complete listing of exhibitors, check local papers or www.homeports.org. Please call 443-480-0940, email info@homeports.org for more information about HomePorts.

HomePorts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization providing adults in greater Kent County, Maryland, age 55 and above, with a wide range of services they want and need to remain safe and confident living in their own homes. Founded in 2008, HomePorts is among a rapidly-growing number of member-driven “villages” developing around the country. HomePorts is supported by annual membership fees from more than 80 households, donor contributions and small grants. A financial aid program is available for those with limited incomes.

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