Senior health screens set today |

Senior health screens set today

Aspen Times Staff Report

Aspen Valley Hospital, Community Health Services and Senior Services are sponsoring a health screening for seniors 55 and older on Friday, Nov. 17. Registration is open from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the front lobby at Aspen Valley Hospital.

Free testing will include blood pressure, height and weight, colorectal cancer screening, glaucoma and vision screening and urinalysis. PneumoVac shots (pneumonia vaccine) are available for $30 – these are not covered by Medicare. Diptheria/tetanus shots (which need a booster every 10 years) will be offered for $15. Body composition/fat analysis will cost $10, and a peripheral bone density screening test is $20.

The ever-popular laboratory profile will be available for $30 and includes tests for anemia, blood sugar, liver function, kidney function, cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides and thyroid. If you would like to have a lab profile done, you should plan to fast for 12 to 14 hours and drink lots of water prior to having your blood drawn. Diabetics should contact their physician for special instructions. Men who would like to have a PSA (prostate specific antigen) blood test can do so for an additional $20. Please note: these are the only lab tests that can be done as part of the Senior Health Fair.

The flu vaccine, if available, will cost $7, or free for Medicare participants with a Medicare card.

“We expect to have our vaccine by November 17th, but based on delays that others are experiencing, it is possible that we will not be able to give flu shots at this health fair,” said Yvonne Hernandez, director of Community Health Services. “If that were to happen, clinics at Community Health Services would be scheduled as soon as the vaccine is received.”

In addition to the above screenings, exhibits and literature will be available. If you’d like to arrange for a ride to the health fair, call the Senior Center at 920-5432. For more information, contact Vicki Seyffert at 544-1295.

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