Senior Health Fair Returns To Wellington On Oct. 24

Seniors get valuable information at last year’s health fair.

More than 40 presenters will staff their booths during the second annual Senior Health Fair at the Wellington Community Center on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to provide information to local senior citizens.

“It is a great opportunity for residents to learn about the programs and services offered in the Village of Wellington,” event organizer Jenifer Brito said. “The village wants to make sure that seniors have all the resources and information about what is available.”

The inaugural edition last year hosted some 150 residents at the successful event.

Brito explained that the vendors have grown by 20 percent and that the health fair expects to play host to double last year’s attendance, with some 300 visitors during the four-hour session.

“Palms West Hospital is hosting lunch from Chick-fil-A,” she said. “There will also be a drawing for someone to win $25.”

The presenters will be mostly related to health and social services.

“Walgreens will be there giving out flu shots and Palms West Hospital, Baptist Health Florida and Wellington Regional Medical Center will all have a presence,” said Brito, who added that the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office will be there, as well as the Wellington library. “Attendees can go to each booth and communicate with the representatives.”

The Community Services Department offers these programs to ensure that seniors in the community have an unbiased, trustworthy source for information and assistance regarding resources that enhance their quality of life and meet their unique needs.

Brito added that the Senior Health Fair will make visitors aware of the many services offered in Wellington, such as educational programs, exercise classes and even parties, including an upcoming holiday party for seniors.

Class and activity topics range from art to Zumba and include Ki-Waza, smart driving, diabetes self-management, bingo, lunch and learn, caregiving, technology, exercise and aerobics, with more coming all the time.

The ever-expanding senior programming is available free or for a small fee and offers everything from health and wellness classes to those that are purely recreational. Complimentary activities are sponsored by Baptist Health South Florida and Florida Blue, and the programs are offered various hours on Mondays through Fridays at two locations: the Wellington Community Center at 12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd. and Village Park at 11700 Pierson Road.

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