The Carriage Place will be hosting a free health fair on Aug. 13

Photo Credit: JASON CHANEY - Carriage Place staff who will be on hand to help during the event pose for a photo. Pictured left to right are Executive Director Ronni Graham, Community Relations Director Kim Sprengel, Resident Care Partner Alexus Basham, Cook DeeAnn Waite, and Med Technician Kayla Smith.

Carriage Place may provide care primarily for senior citizens, but next week, they will host a free health fair for people of all ages.

The Wednesday event will take place at the Carriage Place Prineville facility and feature a host of different health-related booths, courtesy of St. Charles Health Systems, that people are welcome to utilize.

The booths will line the hallways of the facility, inviting people to not only take advantage of the service offered, but essentially tour the building in the process.

Health professionals will provide free blood pressure checks and heart healthy education in relation to heart failure," said Kim Sprengel, community relations manager for Carriage Place. "As far as osteoporosis, they will be performing bone density scans and (providing) bone health education information. As far as colorectal, they will be giving out information on colorectal screenings and colon cancer risks."

The health check and information stations will join other vendors geared toward seniors and their loved ones, including Mosaic Medical, Direct Care, Advantage Dental, the Central Oregon Council on Aging, and Oregon Department of Human Service.

"We have a variety of representation coming to just give information, resources, and guidance out to participants," Sprengel said.

For example, attorneys will be on hand to provide people information on estates, wills, and guardianships, and two local funeral homes will present information to visitors on the services they offer.

Sprengel acknowledged that Carriage House is known for its senior citizen care, but she hopes the health fair will draw visitors of all ages.

"Everyone has a grandma or a mom and dad," she said. "They could be people who are not necessarily ready for senior living, but will need to be in the future."

Sprengel went on to say that the fair will hopefully bring people in the door who may not be aware of what Carriage Place or other senior living communities have to offer.

"Let's face it, there are a lot of people who have this perception of what a senior care community is like, and that is a nursing home," she said. "They don't realize a retirement community can be exactly that, and not a nursing home."

The fair will ultimately provide Carriage Place the opportunity to reach out to the community and not only provide them ways to improve their health, but make people more aware of their presence in the community.

The Carriage Place free health fair will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 150 Williamson Drive, in Prineville. All ages are welcome and refreshments will be served.

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