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Senior health fair offers a wealth of information

Health screenings, information and demonstrations are the highlights at Lone Star College-Kingwood’s second Senior Health Fair on Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The free event will take place on campus in the Health Sciences Building (HSB).

Community businesses and organizations will be on site to pass out information on a variety of topics such as insurance, finances, health and wellness, Medicare options/Medicare fraud, recreational programs and activities, and more to local senior citizens. Seniors who attend will receive give-a-aways and chances to win door prizes donated by non-profit vendors.

“The purpose of our health fair is to show seniors all of the resources that LSC-Kingwood and the general community can provide to them as well as to help our students pursue their dreams in health care,” said Henry Garcia, dean of College Relations.

LSC-Kingwood’s Senior Health Fair also serves to help raise scholarship money through vendor donations for its Allied Health Care programs: Nursing, Respiratory Care, Dental Hygiene and Occupational Therapy Assistant. In turn, these programs will provide services for free at the event.

The Dental Hygiene program will offer oral hygiene and oral cancer screenings to the community. The program has been at LSC-Kingwood since fall 2004 and as part of its curriculum, it offers dental cleanings and complete examinations for adults 14 and older for $25 and $15 for children five to 13. Other services provided are x-rays, fluoride treatments, sealants, periodontal scaling and root debridement.

The Nursing department will provide blood pressure screenings as well as check vital signs, pulse and temperature. The department offers courses for its students to become a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) or two tracks to become a registered nurse (RN). 

Respiratory Care will do pulmonary function tests which will measure patients’ lung volumes and flows. This information is used to evaluate different lung diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis and asthma. The program will also offer Oxygen Saturation screening which is a non-invasive measurement of the oxygen in the blood street. They will also provide information on smoking cessation, secondhand smoke evaluation and asthma.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program will have Sit and Be Fit demonstrations for the audience as well as provide information on arthritic adaptive equipment. OTA students learn how to assess their patients’ needs, determine therapeutic goals, carry out treatment plans and document their patients’ successes.

In addition to the college’s healthcare programs, many area businesses and non-profits will be on-hand to share helpful information. Additional screenings include osteoporosis, body fat composition and possibly cholesterol and flu shots. At this time, local businesses and organizations that have committed to attend are Assisting Hands Home care, Atria Kingwood, LSC-Kingwood’s Better Breathers Club, Better Business Bureau, Brookside Memorial Funeral Home, Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, Houston Hospice, Humble Healthcare Center, ING, Kingwood Funeral Home, Kingwood Medical Center, Lake Houston Family YMCA, Lake Houston Wellness, Lindeneau Insurance, Memorial Hermann Northeast, Rosemont Assisted Living Facility, Rosewood Funeral Home, Sarah Care Adult Day Care, Silverado Senior Living, Social Security Administration, Visiting Angels and Walgreens.

With increased student enrollment, parking for the Senior Health Fair will be limited. Vendors and the community can park in lots A, C, D, F and G. Handicap parking only might be available in lot B. Signs will be around campus to direct people where to go and there will be golf carts available to transport seniors from the parking lots to HSB.

For more information on the Senior Health Fair, call Roycelyn Bastian-Spencer at 281-312-1558. For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281-312-1600 or visit http://lonestar.edu/kingwood.htm

With more than 69,000 students in credit classes for fall 2010, and a total enrollment of more than 85,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Park, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit www.LoneStar.edu.