BRISTOL -- Coming up on this Saturday is the 4th annual Prime Time Senior Fair, at Bristol Eastern High School. Dozens of community stakeholders will be on hand to discuss topics like health care and home care, veterans’ benefits and hearing loss.
“Our whole goal here is to give seniors an educational, fun day of activities that enlighten them about what’s going on in the senior community now and into the future,” said Michael Schroeder, publisher at Central CT Communications and CT Prime Time. “There are a lot of people out there in a dramatically changing world that need to have the information to make the best decisions in their best years.”
In its fourth year, the annual fair will see more exhibitors than ever, along with a dozen different seminars.
The Presenting Sponsor is Bristol Hospital, which will have a booth with free giveaways and much more. Nurses will administer blood pressure screenings and answer health-related questions for visitors.
“This is an event we’re proud to be a part of,” said Chris Boyle, director of public relations at Bristol Hospital. “We’re excited to share with our community what Bristol Hospital has to offer to seniors.”
Every three years the hospital conducts an assessment of the community’s health needs. Among the most recent priorities revealed are senior health and access to care, Boyle pointed out.
“The results serve as a blueprint for what our community feels its most vital health needs are,” he explained. “Seniors are a priority for us.”
The hospital just opened its new Senior Behavioral Health Unit and began accepting patients in March. The $5 million project transformed the facility’s former IT center into a 15-bed psychiatric unit for patients 65 and older. Staff will be sharing information about services offered at the fair.
Joining them will be memory care experts from the Alzheimer’s Association and elder law attorneys from Kilbourne & Tully, to discussing estate planning, living wills and more.
People considering moving themselves or a loved one into a nursing or assisted living facility will find expert advice in several other professionals. That includes representatives from Sheriden Woods, Ingraham Manor, Countryside Manor and the Atria at Farmington, the area’s newest assisted living community with a memory care unit.
For visitors hoping to keep themselves and loved ones at home as they grow older, representatives from Synergy HomeCare and Polish Helping Hands will be available to discuss these options.
We are all affected by hearing loss, whether it’s happening to us or someone we care about. Bristol Hearings Aids Founder Joanne Callaghan-Cyr has a message: you’re not alone. She wears hearing aids herself and will be offering visitors information about the condition.
People may have heard that listening devices are now available over-the-counter in their local pharmacy. Cyr cautions them about this.
“It takes the professional component out of a hearing evaluation,” she explained. “If someone buys something that ends up too loud for them it could damage their ear drums. If it’s too soft it won’t work for them. They’re wasting their money.”
The event is free to the public and set to take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
She always recommends people come in for a professional exam. Discuss your options at the upcoming fair.