Free screenings for seniors on Nov. 1

October 7, 2008 —

(Des Moines, IA) – Adults 50 and older are invited to Des Moines University’s Senior Health Fair for free health screenings on November 1, from 8 a.m. to noon.

In the Student Education Center, 3300 Grand Avenue, seniors can get free blood glucose, blood pressure and bone density screenings. Students and physicians will be doing a demonstration of osteopathic manipulative medicine and will offer manipulative treatments. Podiatric medical students will be screening for foot or ankle problems. Free medication reviews will be done for seniors who bring a list of their medications, both prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

Des Moines University (DMU) offers this fair annually. It is organized by students in the Geriatrics Club. The event is also supported by AARP. DART is also a supporting partner and will offer free rides on November 1 to riders 65 and older who show a DART reduced fare ID or a photo ID with birth date. Visit for more info. The #1 WDM/Fairgrounds route will offer direct service to DMU that day.

“We have many folks from around Des Moines that attend this fair every year,” said Nancy Thompson, director of community relations at DMU. “We’re thrilled we can help people get the proper preventive care, regardless of budget.”

To find out more about the fair, call 515.271.1028 or visit for a map and directions to campus.

Courtney Tompkins has been part of the DMU marketing team since Nov. 2005 and loves promoting a school she believes in so thoroughly. Proud daughter and patient of DMU alumni, Courtney knows, first-hand, that Des Moines University is doing a world of good. A fan of all outdoor festivals, fruity drinks and nearly all edibles, she has a hard time narrowing down her list of favorite places to go and things to do but lists the Iowa State Fair as an all-time fave. She loves her 8-minute commute to DMU from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. She and husband Tyler are owned by three large dogs, Tonka, Tucker and Tank.