Gen­er­a­tions hosts an­nual Health & Well­ness Fair

Souderton Independent - - FRONT PAGE - By Thomas Celona

When it comes to the ever-chang­ing world of health care, you’re never too old to learn some new tricks.

Many area res­i­dents found that to be the truth as they at­tended Gen­er­a­tions of In­dian Val­ley’s an­nual Health & Well­ness Fair Fri­day, Oct. 12.

“You learn about things you didn’t know were out there,” Larry Kron­stain, of Fran­co­nia, said as he and his wife, Su­san, pe­rused the ven­dor tables.

“It’s a good idea,” Su­san said. “You can never have too much in­for­ma­tion.”

In­for­ma­tion was ev­ery­where at­ten­dees looked throughout the cen­ter — from nu­tri­tion to ex­er­cise to care for the el­derly.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Soud­er­ton cen­ter of­fered a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties aimed at ed­u­cat­ing res­i­dents, es­pe­cially se­nior cit­i­zens, about

health op­tions.

“We try to get a lot of our well­ness part­ners to­gether and just be avail­able for peo­ple for ques­tions, for demon­stra­tions if they need it,” said Amy Stover, pro­gram di­rec­tor at Gen­er­a­tions. “I think peo­ple are fo­cused on well­ness in gen­eral, but just to re­al­ize that it’s more than MuVW yRuU ERGy DnG fiWnHVV DnG HDWing healthy — that it’s your mind, too. We just try to get peo­ple to­gether to re­al­ize this is a place wKHUH WKHy FDn finG WKRVH NLnGV RI things.”

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The ma­jor­ity of the ac­tiv­ity, how­ever, was in Gen­er­a­tion’s community room, where 21 dif­fer­ent ven­dors set up booths. Some ven­dors of­fered glu­cose screen­ings, blood pres­sure screen­ings, zero bal­ance mas­sage demos and even tips for sun pro­tec­tion.

“I’m re­ally im­pressed. It’s been very steady,” Theresa Humphreys, mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor for the North Penn Vis­it­ing Nurse As­so­ci­a­tion, said of the turnout.

Humphreys talked to at­ten­dees about the dif­fer­ent op­tions avail­able for se­nior care and the im­por­tance of plan­ning ahead.

“They need to know what the op­tions are be­fore cri­sis hits,” she said, not­ing the fair al­lows peo­ple “to come out and in a non-threat­en­ing, at-your-own-pace way get the in­for­ma­tion.”

At the next booth, Su­sanna Kop­pany, mar­ket­ing as­so­ci­a­tion for The Birches at Home in Har­leysville, sim­i­larly stressed the im­por­tance of get­ting in­for­ma­tion out to the se­nior community.

“We feel the pop­u­la­tion is grow­ing and there are needs that need to be met,” she said.

While health care pro­fes­sion­als manned most of the tables, one was led by a group that had yet to grad­u­ate high school.

Mem­bers of the Ap­pli­ca­tion of Move­ment & Sports class at Soud­er­ton Area High School put what they had learned in ac­tion through healthy cook­ing and ex­er­cise demos. The students served up ap­ple pan­cakes and ba­nana co­coa soy smooth­ies, among other healthy treats, and demon­strated easy-top­er­form car­dio ex­er­cises.

“It’s great. They re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­thing,” se­nior Bethany DiCarlo said.

“It’s nice to give back,” class- mate Natalie Car­bone said.

Amid all the ac­tiv­ity, at­ten­dees could also re­ceive a voter ID card.

In Septem­ber, the Mont­gomery County Com­mis­sion­ers au­tho­rized Park­house, the county’s se­nior care cen­ter, to is­sue voter ID cards to res­i­dents in or­der to com­ply with new leg­is­la­tion that re­quired vot­ers to have a gov­ern­ment-is­sued ID on Elec­tion Day. A judge later over­turned the law, say­ing voter IDs will be asked for but not re­quired for the up­com­ing elec­tion.

“They’re us­ing satel­lite cam­puses like ours to be able to of­fer [the ser­vice] to peo­ple,” Stover said.

The voter ID ta­ble, how­ever, was per­haps the least vis­ited at the fair.

“Most peo­ple ac­tu­ally seem pretty versed about it, and they seem like they’re ready,” Stover said. “Now that they ac­tu­ally won’t need them, it’s not as press­ing, but we have tried to get the word out to peo­ple that they are go­ing to need them so they’re not sur­prised when they get to the polls.”

Half­way through the fair, Stover said Gen­er­a­tions had seen prob­a­bly 100 to 150 vis­i­tors. She noted events like the Health & Well­ness Fair bring peo­ple into the cen­ter and al­low them to see what it has to of­fer.

“We want peo­ple to know that even if they’re not used to com­ing here ev­ery day, they come for some­thing like this and say, ‘Wow, this is a re­ally nice place.’”

One of those peo­ple was Edith BHLWOHU, RI HDW­fiHOG, wKR FDPH when a friend asked her to tag along.

“Ev­ery­body’s very friendly,” she said. “It gets the peo­ple out and keeps you up on what’s go­ing on in the community.”

Soud­er­ton In­de­pen­dent photo — SU­SAN KEEN

Deb Crown and Karl Ernst, of Towne Mon­i­tor­ing Ser­vice, speak with David Han­well dur­ing the Health and Well­ness Fair at Gen­er­a­tions of In­dian Val­ley in Soud­er­ton Fri­day, Oct. 12.

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