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Porcupine Health Unit to host Senior Health Fair

By Kyle Lincez, The Northern Times

 Seniors in Kapuskasing will have the opportunity to get a flu shot and receive information on the various services and programs offered in the community for them on Oct. 24 at the Civic Centre as the Porcupine Health Unit hosts a Senior Health Fair. 

The all-day event will begin at 10 am and end at 4. 

“So we decided to do these health fairs in all of our communities within the Porcupine Health Unit area,” said Public Health Nurse Joanne Bennett. “We're trying to appeal to the 65+ population. So it will be a combination of a flu shot clinic with some booths from different organizations in the community and region, and we'll have some speakers come in and do some talks throughout the day.”
Bennett said the speakers will include a presentation on food safety from a health inspector, a presentation on healthy eating by a dietician, a presentation on physical activity by a member of Aging at Home, and the debut of a new local theatre troupe Rising Star. 
“The last presentation will be from Rising Star, which is a brand new theatre troupe that we have in Kapuskasing, its all seniors and they're skits are aimed at seniors healthy aging and safety,” Bennett said. “They'll be doing two skits during their presentation. One on fire safety and the other on fall prevention.” 
The presentations will run every hour, with the first beginning at 11 am. 
Everyone is welcome to attend the event, with Bennett noting that it could be a good opportunity for the children of senior parents to stop by.
“Sometimes in the senior population our elderly parents can't come out for themselves, but if their children could stop by it would be a great place to be able to gather information to help their parents with things like staying at home longer.”