GALLOWAY – More than 100 attended a health fair designed just for them at the Galloway Senior Center Thursday, June 11.

Nursing homes and senior-specific services lined the vendor aisles.

The Atlantic County Surrogates Office had a booth featuring living wills.

There were workshops with a mostly senior bent.

But as in real life, what’s good for one is often good for another.

Acting Police Chief Donna Higbee spoke about home safety. Tips on protecting yourself and your property work as well for 20-somethings as it does for those fighting age and infirmities.

One booth had obvious appeal to all ages.

Laurie Potpinka sat with a laptop computer, representing the State of New Jersey Department of the Treasury Unclaimed Property.

She had only two questions for all takers: first name and last.

“We get out to a lot of senior events,” said Potpinka, who lives in Burlington County and works in Trenton. “We do presentations and we do laptop lookups.”

She said the lookup usually finds unclaimed property – usually money – that at least one visitor is entitled to at each event.

“We’ve found a couple today,” Potpinka said. “One person is getting over $300.”

Unclaimed property is any asset that has not been claimed for a specified time period.

Potpinka also offered tips on how to keep property from being presumed abandoned.

First, cash all checks for dividends, insurance benefits and wages, no matter how small.

Make deposits at least annually into all accounts. Alert all concerned parties to address changes and complete the change of address form at the post office. Keep accurate financial records. And inform your next of kin about all your financial assets.

Another good-for-all-ages booth was that of the Atlantic County Division of Public Health.

X-ray technician Helen Guishard of Mays Landing and nurse Cindi Eberding of Galloway checked blood pressures and told people their blood sugar and cholesterol numbers from finger sticks.

Heather Green, a health educator from Ventnor, ran a health-information game and gave people information on heart disease, exercise and eating healthy.

“People like the screenings,” Green said. “These fairs are also great for older people to socialize. And of course, they learn about nutrition.” 

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