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Senior health fair on November 4 at YMCA of Greenfield

October 19, 2015

Baystate Franklin Medical Center and the YMCA of Greenfield will hold a Senior Health Fair and Functional Fitness Assessment, Wednesday, November 4, from 9 am – 1 pm, at the YMCA, 454 Main Street. The event, for individuals age 60 and older, will feature a variety of screenings, fitness assessments, information stations, guest speakers, and healing modalities to explore. The event is free and open to the public; lunch will be provided at noon.

Both the Y and BFMC have held Senior Health Fairs in the past; this will be the third year the two organizations are partnering.

Jayne Trosin, fitness director at the YMCA noted, “This annual event has been very well attended by our YMCA senior participants and by the community at large. We are delighted to continue our partnership with BFMC to offer a large variety of both screenings and exhibits.”

Coordinating the BFMC contribution to the fair is Stephanie Swan, MSN,RN, nurse educator. “This annual collaboration with the YMCA is always a very fun and educational event. Staff from numerous Baystate Franklin departments will be there providing health education for senior citizens.

YMCA staff will administer the functional fitness assessment. The assessment includes six elements: lower body strength, upper body strength, aerobic endurance, lower body flexibility, upper body flexibility and agility and balance.

BFMC departments represented will include the Emergency Department, Medical-Surgical staff, Birthplace, Cardiopulmonary, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Audiology, Case Management, and Baystate Home Infusion, offering various screenings (e.g., hearing, balance testing); information on assistive devices; heart healthy information, Reiki and stroke education.

Participants can test their healthcare knowledge with a “Wheel of Health” game.

In addition to YMCA and BFMC staff, vendors from other healthcare-related services will also be exhibiting at the fair.

During lunch three guest speakers will be featured:

• Tom Higgins, MD, interim president/CEO, Baystate Franklin Medical Center – senior health

• Heba Wassif, MD, cardiologist – what to monitor with new medications and the side effects they can cause

• Pamela McLean, NP – cancer prevention.

There is no charge for the Senior Health Fair; it is open to YMCA members and the general public. Pre-registration is encouraged; for more information or to register, call 413-773-3646, ext. 448, or register at the YMCA Welcome Center.