November 7, 2015
8 a.m. – noon
Des Moines University
Student Education Center
3300 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50312
If you go: Cholesterol/glucose screenings are very popular and available first-come, first serve. If you plan on taking part in the cholesterol/glucose screenings, it is recommended to ensure the most accurate reading that you have nothing to eat or drink 8 hours prior.
Transportation: DMU is unable to offer transportation to the event, but hospitality volunteers on-site will offer a shuttle in the DMU parking lot. Some attendees may be eligible for DART Paratransit services.
What to bring: For those taking part in medication review, please bring all your medications including dosage and frequency.
The Polk County Health Department will provide flu vaccinations. Please bring your insurance card, as some costs may apply for vaccinations.
Des Moines University’s annual “50 & Better” Senior Health Fair combines complimentary health screenings and informational booths with a friendly, social atmosphere.
Attendees at this free, public event can enjoy coffee and refreshments and wind their way through booths specially designed to promote the health and well-being of seniors. Screenings and services range from medication reviews, foot exams and nutritional information to Osteopathic Manual Medicine treatments, bone density scans and cholesterol testing. DMU also hosts outside organizations as vendors, to bring a wide array of health and aging resources under one roof.
The event is very attendee-friendly in which booths are labeled by number in a booklet given to each attendee upon arrival, but there is no order in which they must be visited. Attendees are encouraged to visit booths they are interested in, or those that pertain to their health history and, if time allows, any others.
This is a great opportunity to mingle with peers and meet with healthcare providers. Please understand that these screenings and services are not a substitute for a thorough and regular evaluation from your health care provider. It is the attendees’ responsibility to convey results to their regular provider and schedule any recommended follow-up appointments.
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.
The 2015 Senior Health Fair will feature more than 50 booths with resources, activities and screenings. Outside vendors include local nonprofit organizations and senior-serving businesses:
Aging Resources of Central Iowa
Caring Hearts Home Care
Deerfield Retirement Center
Des Moines Historical Society
Drake University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Drake University Ray Society
Freedom Home Health Care
Health Alliance Medicare
HomeChoice Senior Care
Iowa Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association
Iowa Home Care
Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland
SHIIP Senior Health Insurance Information Program
UnitedHealthcare Medicare and Retirement
Woodard Hearing Centers
YMCA Healthy Living Center
Zounds Hearing Aids of Des Moines
NOTE: Vendor spaces for 2015 are full. To request information on the 2016 event, please contact Brianne.Sanchez@dmu.edu.
See photos and read about the 2014 Senior Health Fair: Senior Health Fair puts a social spin on screenings