Generations hosts annual Health & Wellness Fair
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
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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.’”
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“Everybody’s very friendly,” she said. “It gets the people out and keeps you up on what’s going on in the community.”
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.