Health and wellness fair for senior citizens held in Springfield


Springfield’s Raymond A. Jordan Senior Center hosted its first informational health and wellness fair on Friday.

Hundreds of senior citizens took advantage of the information provided by dozens of agencies. The most pressing issues related to how to avoid a nursing home later in life.

“As I get older, I want to maintain my house and stay in my house,” Kathy Daponde told 22News. “And I wanted to talk to the people who would send people on a daily basis, so you can stay there and not go into a nursing home.”

Brenda Cupid said, “I don’t necessarily want to go to a nursing home. I need to know about the services that will come to my house, I also have questions about Alzheimer’s and dementia and things like that.”

The cost of medical insurance for retirees was uppermost on the minds of many who filled the senior center during the four-hour event.

Organizers are gratified that so many seniors responded to what they’re calling a very successful event providing direction to the area’s older population.

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