Thank You

Posted: Friday, November 02, 2001

On Oct. 5, 2001, Alaska Health Fair hosted the annual Senior Health Fair at the Juneau Senior Center. Several hundred folks attended and were able to access free health services including height and weight measures, vision screenings, glaucoma screenings, blood pressure checks, hearing tests and bone density information.

Working together with the office of Henry Akiyama M.D., Merrit Hogan A.N.P., Sandra Tannehill R.T.M., R.D.M.S., Terry Shattuck, State of Alaska Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, and the South East Alaska Regional Health Consortium Wise Woman Grant, seniors had access to free mammography, cervical and breast cancer screenings.

Corey Pavitt, D.C., the guest speaker at the luncheon, gave an aspiring account on the benefits of keeping fit and active in the senior years. Dr. Jon Reiswig was on hand to offer free information on bone density. Alver Rongstad M.S.P.A., M.P.H. provided the Juneau community seniors with free hearing exams. Bartlett hospital provided information on their osteoporosis program, and Don Novotney R.N. covered diabetes education and was invaluable in addressing senior health care concerns during the fair.

The Senior Health Fair would not have been possible without the Juneau Senior Center and the coordination efforts of Ellen Northup and Maryann Mills. Catholic Community Services went above and beyond the call of duty and arranged for this special event at the center, provided transportation for seniors, and provided lunch to all attending. Thanks to Rosemary Hagevig who ultimately said "yes"!

Several community organizations offering support to our senior community volunteered their time to insure that the most current and accurate information was available to those attending. Hats off to the Mendenhall Flying Lions who assisted with free eye exams and provided the attendees with "Vials for Life."

We would like to thank Rae Dodd from the Tongass Regional Eye Clinic. She has given so much time to the community and the Tongass Eye Clinic has assisted with countless health fairs. Carol Rafferty M.T. assisted with the lab section of this fair and along with David Muldoon L.P.N., Heidi Hamilton R.N. and James M. Andreas R.N., Alice Kendall, Tonya Richards and Paula Rohrbacher performed the screenings.

Special thanks to Bartlett Regional Hospital, Hospice and Homecare, Juneau Care Coordination, Pioneers Home, Wildflower Court, Alaska Diabetes Association, Allyson Guentzel and the Smith Hall Senior Apartments, Alzheimer's Resource Association, Northland Audiology, Salmon Creek Clinic, Alaska Public Health, Community Health and E.M.S. Corey Pavitt D.C., Valley Medical, Maxine McCoy, Judy Neary and Andrea Ebona-Michel with SEARHC Health Promotion, the Juneau Lighthouse Association and countless volunteers including Patty Owen. I am indebted.

Valerie O'Hare

Alaska Health Fair

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