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Senior health fair brings services to one spot

Senior health fair brings services to one spot

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Ed Jepsen loved the lunch that was served.

Linda and Bob Naugle enjoyed the variety of services offered at the 40 booths set up Thursday for the Quad-City Times Senior Health and Lifestyle Fair at the Rhythm City Casino in Davenport.

The event, held twice a year, drew 1,500 people who also enjoyed a band, bingo, free hearing screening and information stations ranging from chiropractors to mortgage lenders.

Brett Riley, director of business and audience development for the Times, said the event offers so much for seniors to learn about.

“The great thing is, vendors are able to reach who their clients are all in one location,” he said. “There is so much here, from chiropractors to funeral homes to senior facilities. The span is a much wider market than you would think.”

Jepsen, of Clinton, was having a good time.

“The meal was fantastic,” he said after listening to the band. "I like all the gift bags you get. I have always liked these senior events.”

The Naugles, of Davenport, stumbled across the expo and were glad they did.

“We were eating, and I ran into a friend who told us about it,” Linda Naugle said. “It is very nice. I like it. There is so much variety.”

“This is nice,” Bob Naugle added. “This is the first time we have been here. It brings out a lot of people.”

Theresa Hopping, an administrative assistant at Eye Surgeons Associates, said seniors respond well to attending such events.

“It is educating the public on what services we offer,” she said. ”We do a lot of health fairs. Our doctors were here today to do seminars, and we are giving free hearing screenings.

“I have been coming to these for years, and today was the first time I was asked the same question twice. They wanted to know if cataracts can come back again. I asked one of our doctors, and he said no. But sometimes, there are scar tissues that show up that may cause someone to think the cataract came back.”

Among the other vendors was Beacon of Hope Hospice of Davenport. Ashley Scheckel, a hospice care consultant, said they provide services in people's homes.

“We meet with families and doctors and educate on our services and what the process is,” she said. “Before, hospice care was only about cancer patients but now is about life-limiting illnesses. The questions that centered around services of hospice changed a lot. We now can treat them sooner in the process. They do not necessarily have to be bed-ridden.”

In addition to the Times, the event also was sponsored by Eye Surgeons Associates and ORA Orthopedics.

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