Wellness fair gets seniors informed

LIHU’E — How many senior centers are there on Kaua’i? If you knew the answer to that question, you could have won a nice magnetic clip from officials in the County of Kaua’i Offices of Community Assistance Recreation Agency at the PrimeTime Wellness Fair, Thursday at the Kaua’i War Memorial Convention Hall.

Clients from the nine senior centers were among those who stopped off to enjoy the event, which was a partnership between officials with First Hawaiian Bank, Clinical Laboratories of Hawaii, and the County of Kaua’i’s Offices of Community Assistance Agency on Elderly Affairs.

Diane Rapozo of First Hawaiian Bank, who was one of the greeters, along with Kealoha Takahashi of the Agency on Elderly Affairs, was busy passing out purple bags containing a hard copy of the PowerPoint presentation “Managing Your Medications,” as well as a copy of the day’s itinerary.

But the bags served as more than promotional pieces as the stream of senior citizens flowing through the convention hall quickly picked up premiums, literature, and other pieces of material that had personal relevance, stuffing them into the bags.

Representatives of 38 agenciesand community businesses with pertinence to senior citizens were represented, as well as a host of organizations offering a variety of medical tests, ranging from free blood-pressure tests to tests for hearing effectiveness. “This is a really good event,” a caregiver noted while guiding her charge through the aisles of offerings that included everything from information on taxes to home fire safety. Other patrons browsed through the information offerings but set their sights on the free medical tests that were being administered by professionals with several organizations. “He said I have perfect hearing,” an elated senior said, coming away from one of the free tests. The American Heart Association Kaua’i staff and volunteers had their body-fat analyzer on hand, one of the new pieces that was introduced at their recent HeartWalk event. Volunteers offered free blood-pressure checks, along with volunteers from Nurse-finders, who recently moved into their new headquarters next to Healthsouth in Lihu’e. Staff members from the Clinical Labs of Hawaii offered up glucose and cholesterol tests, while EyeSight Hawai’i leaders provided visual screening. Ohana Hearing officials had one of their experts on hand to provide ear examinations. Leaders at First Hawaiian Bank, the primary partner in this offering, had experts on hand to provide a variety of activities (with lots of prizes) for the seniors. Additionally, the seniors from all parts of the island could take advantage of the event to meet up with their friends and enjoy some bingo games inside the convention hall auditorium. Representatives of participating organizations included those from United Healthcare Insurance Co., Hilo Hattie, Regency at Puakea, Hawaii Medical Service Association, First Hawaiian Bank, U.S. Social Security Administration, SagePLUS Program, RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program), Kaua’i Fire Department, Hale Kupuna Heritage Home, Alzheimer’s Association, Arcadia, Ohana Hearing Care, Kauai Hospice, Inc., SageWATCH Program, Creative Holidays, Wilcox Adult Day Care, Tobacco Free Kauai, American Heart Association, state Department of Health Kaua’i District Health Office, Ho’ola Lahui Hawai’i/Community Health Center, state Department of Human Services, Arthritis Foundation of Hawaii, Kauai Care Center, Beltone Hearing Aid Center, Hawaii Healthcare Professionals, West Kauai Medical Center, Nursefinders, EyeSight Hawai’i, Clinical Labs of Hawai’i, and the County of Kaua’i.


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