DMU offering free health screenings for seniors Nov. 5

October 3, 2011 —

Adults 50 and older are invited to Des Moines University’s annual Senior Health Fair for free health screenings. The health fair will be held on November 5 from 8 a.m. to noon in the Student Education Center, 3300 Grand Avenue.

Seniors can get blood glucose, blood pressure and bone density screenings. Des Moines University (DMU) students and physicians will be doing demonstrations of osteopathic manual medicine and offering manual treatments. Podiatric medical students will be screening for foot and ankle problems. Free medication reviews will be provided to seniors who bring a list of their medications for both prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Seasonal flu shots will be available for a suggested donation of $15, but nobody will be turned away. Pneumonia shots will also be available.

“We have many folks from around Des Moines that attend this fair every year,” said Melissa Wilder, manager of community relations at DMU. “We’re thrilled we can provide these important health screenings and education for the public.”

The Senior Health Fair is organized by students in the Geriatrics Club and is supported by many DMU student groups and departments. To find out more about the fair, call 515-271-1041 or visit www.dmu.edu/about/campus for a map and directions to campus.

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Des Moines University (DMU) is the only private medical school in Iowa, offering graduate-level, professional degree programs in osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, biomedical sciences, anatomy, health care administration and public health. Founded in 1898, the institution offers superior academics in a collaborative environment. DMU students' pass rate on national examinations and board certifications is consistently higher than the national average and the rates at similar institutions.