1 What Is It?
The Indian River Senior Center in Millsboro will host its inaugural Member/Community Health Fair on Friday in partnership with Delaware Hospice.
A wide variety of activities and health screenings will be available, including cholesterol, blood pressure and eye exams, as well as flu shots and chair massages.
Dozens of healthcare organizations and vendors also will offer information tables, including the Blood Bank of Delmarva, American Cancer Society, Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Easter Seals and Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, among others.
Doctors, physical therapists and an estate planner also will be on site to answer questions, along with representatives from the Delaware Department of Justice’s consumer protection division and the state department of public health.
“We’ve been working for some time to get something like this started in the community,” senior center director Suzanne Frame said. “We asked Delaware Hospice for their help and they really took the initiative and helped us to make it a reality.”
2 WHO CAN ATTEND
The event is free and open to the public.
“We’ve received a lot of interest so far,” Frame said. “We’re expecting quite a few people to turn out.”
Goodie bags will be provided to the first 100 people who register for the event and door prizes will be awarded.
Lunch also will be available for a small fee.
“We’re hoping to make this an annual event to encourage the community to stay up to date on screenings and provide pertinent health information to area residents,” said Cheryl Doucette, Delaware Hospice’s community education coordinator for Sussex County.
3 WHAT’S NEXT
The Indian River Senior Center will hold a special luncheon for members on Oct. 17 to celebrate its 42nd year of operation.
Founded in 1970 by Donald and Florence Mortlock, the senior center originally met at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, before moving in the mid-1980s to a new building it shared with town government.
In April 2009, the senior center moved into its own building on Irons Avenue.
Today, the organization boasts more than 600 members and offers a wide variety of activities and services, including flu shots, tax preparation services and defensive driving courses.
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND
“The Indian River Senior Center is here to help the community and this is one way we’re working to do that. I think it’s really to the community’s advantage to attend because there will be a lot of medical professionals here who could help them.”
Page 2 of 2 - —Suzanne Frame, director of the Indian River Senior Center