CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. – Hudson Valley Hospital Center will host a health fair next month focused on what it’s like to get old and what we can do to help older adults maintain their quality of life.
“The Silver Lining Health Aging Fair” will run from 9 a.m. to noon, Oct. 1, in the hospital's lobby. It will feature interactive exhibits, as well as educational information for seniors and caregivers on the latest information about aging.
“Those of us who are not older adults take for granted the freedom of movement, clear eyesight and mental acuity that we experience when we are younger," Suzanne Mateo, administrative director of nursing at Hudson Valley Hospital Center, said in a prepared statement. "At Hudson Valley Hospital Center we want to educate the community on what it means to get older and what those of us in health care are doing to help keep older adults independent and healthy.”
At the fair, the public can try out new state-of-the-art walkers, as well as weighted eating utensils and glasses that simulate vision with cataracts among other interactive activities.
Seniors also can receive free flu shots and blood pressure screenings, as well as connect with participating agencies, including the Visiting Nurse Service of Hudson Valley, the Visiting Nurse Service of Westchester, Bethel Homes, Atria Senior Living and Drum Hill Senior Living Communities and the Leave the Light on Foundation Caregivers Support group.
The day also will feature giveaways, raffle prizes and refreshments donated by ShopRite.
Maggie Adler, the hospital's associate director of quality and standards, said the hospital hopes seniors and families can take away with them many of the practices used by the hospital to keep older adults happy and healthy longer.
The hospital's Nursing Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders program is aimed at improving care of older hospitalized adults. Hudson Valley Hospital Center is one of only 300 hospitals in the country using the program.