BRISTOL - This Saturday, the 4th annual Prime Time Senior Fair will take place at Bristol Eastern High School.
There will be dozens of exhibitors that will be able to offer info on health care, home care, hearing loss and veterans’ benefits. There will also be a number of different seminars, that aim to inform everyone on a host of different topics.
The Presenting Sponsor is Bristol Hospital, which will have a booth with free giveaways and 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.”
There will also be representatives from Sheriden Woods, Ingraham Manor, Countryside Manor and Atria at Farmington. They will be providing people with information about moving themselves or a loved one into a nursing or assisted living facility.
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.
Cyr always recommends people come in for a professional exam. Discuss your options at the upcoming fair.