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Friday, May 16, 2003

Senior Health Fair

The Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services will host a Senior Health Fair in conjunction with AtlantiCare/Atlantic City Medical Center on Tuesday, May 20 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Hammonton Senior Center at 310 Bellevue Avenue in Hammonton. Entrance to the event is free and open to residents 60 years and older.

County Executive Dennis Levinson said the county is pleased to be working with AtlantiCare/ACMC to provide seniors with important health-related information.

The Health Fair will include screenings and information about various health topics. ACMC’s Breast Health Program coordinator will discuss breast health issues for men and women of all ages. Representatives from AtlantiCare Women’s Health and Wellness will discuss prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. An ACMC pharmacist will answer medication questions including how and when to take medications and interactions medications can have with food and/or other medications. A representative of the Joint and Spine Institute at ACMC will discuss diagnosis and treatment of joint pain. A Registered Dietician from ACMC Nutrition Services will answer nutrition questions and offer healthy menu suggestions. Screenings will include:

· free blood pressure screenings
· peripheral vascular disease (PVD) screenings. PVD is a circulatory disorder caused by blocked blood flow to arteries. It results in leg pain, swelling, difficulty walking, numbness and skin discoloration. It is most common among men and women over age 50 who smoke, have high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels or who are diabetic.
· Blood sugar screenings - $5
· Cholesterol screenings - $5

For more information about the Atlantic County Senior Health Fair, please call the Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services at 609-645-7000, ext. 4353. For more information about Atlantic City Medical Center screenings and services, please call AtlantiCare Women’s Health and Wellness at 609-652-3540, the Breast Health Program at ACMC at 609-652-3593, the Joint and Spine Institute at 609-748-4079 or the Heart Institute at ACMC at 609-748-7500.

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