Health fair proves to be informative, helpful for local residents

Posted on: January 13, 2012


College of the Mainland student Janelle Fry is glad that she and her mother, Joyce Burke, attended the Winter 55+ Health and WellnessExpo on Friday at COM Gymnasium.

The Dickinson residents were just two of the 150 attendees at the four-hour event.

“It’s been really nice,” Fry said. “The vendors have been really nice. There were great giveaways and a lot of information. I got my blood pressure checked.”

The free event was sponsored by COM Senior Adult Program and Special Projects in conjunction with the Galveston County Department of Parks and Senior Services and the Galveston County Health District.

“I loved it,” Burke said. “I talked her into coming here. You get a lot of information. I kind of like the free EKG (electrocardiogram). I just love health fairs.”

The free health screening included tests for blood pressure, blood oxygen, blood sugar, caregiver stress and electrocardiogram, with flu shots available with Medicare or a $20 payment.

The attendees received a free box lunch, and there were door prizes as well as grand prizes of $50 and $100.

There were three seminars held at the event -- on social media, self-defense and financial security, respectively.

The self-defense seminar, taught by Galveston County Sheriff’s Deputy Jimmie Gillane, was well-received by those in attendance.

Gillane, who teaches the seminar three to four times per year, said it was important because older adults aren’t taught defensive training.

“It was a really good class,” Gillane said. “I was shocked at the size of the class. They were very receptive to it. I would have loved to have spent more with them.”

Margaret Dale of Bayou Vista was one of the volunteers during the self-defense seminar.

“It was a good demonstration,” Dale said. “The way he showed me how to break holds, I think I could really do it.”

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