Senior Health Fair set for Nov. 1 in Aspen | AspenTimes.com

Senior Health Fair set for Nov. 1 in Aspen

Staff report

The Senior Health Fair is set from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at Aspen Valley Hospital.

The event, geared to those 60 and older, is sponsored by the hospital, Pitkin County Senior Services and Community Health Services.

Free screenings include blood pressure, knee exams, eye pressure, vision, oral health, height, weight, body-mass index, pulse oximetry and peak air flow.

Seasonal flu vaccines are free with a Medicare card and certain types of insurance (bring your card), and pneumonia vaccines are also free with a Medicare card. Otherwise the cost is $20 and $65, respectively. Colorectal cancer kits, which are self-administered at home, are $25.

Laboratory tests include the standard health fair profile with glucose, kidney and liver function, lipids, thyroid stimulating hormone and complete blood count. This $48 test requires fasting for at least 12 hours (with the exception of water). Also offered are a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test at $28 and a cardio C-reactive protein (CRP) blood test for $35.

Participants should plan to pay by cash or check; credit cards are not accepted.

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The hospital's new parking lot is open, and participants should enter at the main (old) entrance — not the new east entrance.

For more information, call the hospital at 970-544-1548. Anyone needing a ride to the health fair can call the Senior Center at 970-920-5432.

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