2003-09-19 / Community

Senior Appreciation Week Health Fair Draws Crowds

Contributing Editor
By Miriam Rosenberg
Senior Appreciation Week Health Fair Draws Crowds By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor


Tests for Diabetes were done throughout the day. The dia­betes test site was one of the most popular test sites at the fair. Peninsula Hospital Center’s resident Al­phon­so Swaby administers a glucose test. All photos by Mir­iam Rosenberg.Tests for Diabetes were done throughout the day. The dia­betes test site was one of the most popular test sites at the fair. Peninsula Hospital Center’s resident Al­phon­so Swaby administers a glucose test. All photos by Mir­iam Rosenberg.

Far Rockaway High School was the setting for the Senior Appreciation Week Health Fair on September 14. Seniors were able to receive diabetes, oral cancer and blood pressure screenings. There was also information on everything from insurance for Medicare recipients to the AARP’s 55 ALIVE Driver Safety Program.

Congressman Gregory Meeks, one of 14 elected Queens officials from all levels of Government, hosted the Health Fair.

"It’s an effort by all of the South East Queens electives to make sure that our seniors receive the kind of health care and get the kind of health evaluation that they need, and the best way to do it is to bring it to them," said Meeks, about the health fair. "We have various screenings and tests done so that [seniors] could have early diagnosis if there’s anything that needs to be done."

The health fair was one of many events scheduled to take place from September 13 to September 19 as a way as a way to honor seniors said State Senator Malcolm Smith.


Peninsula Hospital Center  dental resident Regina Sud­ziute provided screening for oral cancer and check­ed other dental complaints for senior citizens. Those with problems were advised to make an appointment at the center’s dental clinic.Peninsula Hospital Center dental resident Regina Sud­ziute provided screening for oral cancer and check­ed other dental complaints for senior citizens. Those with problems were advised to make an appointment at the center’s dental clinic.
Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and State Senator Malcolm Smith pose with members of the Rockaway-Inwood  Ministral Coalition, Dina Miranda, Norma Miranda, RN Florine Clark and Lionel Clark (MSW).Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and State Senator Malcolm Smith pose with members of the Rockaway-Inwood Ministral Coalition, Dina Miranda, Norma Miranda, RN Florine Clark and Lionel Clark (MSW).State Senator Malcolm Smith got into the spirit of the day by allowing Lorna Shaw-Irving of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital take his blood pressure.State Senator Malcolm Smith got into the spirit of the day by allowing Lorna Shaw-Irving of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital take his blood pressure.

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