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Martinsville Bulletin: A Helping Hand For Seniors - Health Fair comes to Martinsville

Martinsville Bulletin: A Helping Hand For Seniors - Health Fair comes to Martinsville

May 15, 2017

By Amie Knowles

MARTINSVILLE – Even healthy people should see a doctor every once in a while. Bringing the clinic to the community, Henry County Parks and Recreation and the Martinsville Senior Center will offer a multitude of free screenings to those 50 and over at the end of the month.

“Throughout the USA, May is always Older Americans Month,” said Betsy Pace, senior services coordinator at the Martinsville Senior Center. “That’s why we always do it in May.”

The health fair, which will take place at the New College Institute on May 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. gives area seniors an opportunity to keep their health in check without having to schedule a regular doctor’s appointment.

Screenings available to the public at no cost include a blood pressure screening by Team Nurse, a vision screening by Walmart Vision Center, an oxygen saturation test by Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, a depression screening by Piedmont Community Services and an oral cancer screening by Dr. Craig Dietrich.

Some of the tests could produce a multitude of results for those screened.

“It can help even if they are healthy,” Pace said. “It could detect one little problem. Maybe it’s a vision problem they didn’t know they had.”

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