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October 2, 2013

County plans health outreach day for seniors

By Kevin Bunch
C & G Staff Writer

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County plans health outreach day for seniors
A man gets his blood pressure checked during a Macomb County Senior Health Outreach day. Outreach days throughout Macomb County have been scheduled in October and early November to help people get vaccines and health checks.

MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb County Office of Senior Services is holding four health outreach days throughout the county starting in October to help people get vaccines and preventative health exams.

The county has held these outreach days for more than a decade as a way to make sure the elderly are able to access those services locally, according to Kristin Ledford, community relations person with the Office of Senior Services.

“It’s important to us to reach out to these populations and make sure they have these services in their neighborhoods,” Ledford said. “If we have one central thing, they may not be able to get to it. That’s why we have four across the county to accommodate them; if it’s in their own backyard, it’s hard to ignore them.”

Dr. Kevin Lokar, medical director of the Macomb County Health Department, said his department would be on hand to administer pneumonia and flu vaccines, as well as tetanus boosters, to attendees. All the vaccines are shots, he said, adding that the nasal spray flu vaccine will not be available at the outreach days.

He said that while the focus of the outreach days is on seniors, the event is open to people of all ages.

“These are senior outreach clinics, but if someone else were to come in, we would vaccinate them. There’s no age restriction on these,” Lokar said. “We’re not expecting a lot of kids, but if they come in, we wouldn’t turn them away.”

Ledford said other organizations — such as the Henry Ford Health System, Total Health Systems, Miracle Ear and Karmanos — will be on hand for cancer screenings, blood-pressure tests and glucose-level tests, among others.

Other groups, such as the Macomb Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, SMART transportation and the county veterans office will be there with informational packets, Ledford said.

“Last year, we had about 115-250 people at each event, so the more the merrier,” she added.

Ledford said the Health Department would also be collecting non-narcotic medication, and local police departments would be at the event to collect narcotic medication. Medicines should be sealed in plastic bags and not kept in their bottles, Ledford said.

The first date is Oct. 2 in Chesterfield Township from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Chesterfield Senior Center, 47275 Sugarbush Road. The second date is Oct. 9 at the Shelby Township Senior Center at 51670 Van Dyke Ave. from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The third date is Oct. 30 at the Fraser Senior Center at 34935 Hidden Pine Road from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and the last date is Nov. 6 at the Roseville Recreation Center at 8195 Sycamore from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Health Department will accept Medicare Part B and Medicaid as payment for the flu and pneumonia vaccines. For everyone else, the cost is $15 for the flu vaccine and $71 for the pneumonia vaccine, paid with cash or check.

For more information, call Ledford at (586) 469-5905.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Kevin Bunch at kbunch@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1030.