Atlantic County seniors get information, free screenings at summer expo

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Laura Stetser/Charles Michael of Egg Harbor Township takes advantage of a free blood pressure screening, courtesy of AtlantiCare neuroscience nurse Liz Deleener of Northfield. Laura Stetser/Charles Michael of Egg Harbor Township takes advantage of a free blood pressure screening, courtesy of AtlantiCare neuroscience nurse Liz Deleener of Northfield.

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Alyce Banta of Somers Point exited the Egg Harbor Township Community Center on Tuesday, Aug. 12 will a bag filled with free giveaways, but it was the information she gleaned while inside the Summer Senior Health and Safety Expo that she wanted to discuss.

“I came today to find out what next steps I should take as my husband’s caregiver,” Banta said. “The expo was very helpful. I was able to get a lot of great information like the warning signs of stokes and some of the services that are available to seniors. I wanted to know what the next steps will be, and everyone there was very helpful.”

Banta said she wanted to get information to ensure she was properly educated in taking care of her loved one. Others who attended the event, organized by Assemblyman Chris Brown, were looking for information on caring for themselves.

Jan Llewellyn of Egg Harbor Township said she received good information through the many pamphlets that were available, although she would need to have someone help her read them later because she has impaired vision.

Brown said the event was well-attended and seemed to provide Atlantic County senior citizens with the information and health screenings they needed.

“I am extremely grateful to all of the vendors who came out to make today’s event a success, from free heart screenings to chair massages,” Brown said.

“Caring for our seniors and letting them know what health care programs or services are available to them is important.”

Renee Ahern of the Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services said she was on hand to explain how the county can help senior citizen residents navigate the complicated Medicare qualification and application process.

“There seems to be no right answer and there are all of these exceptions with Medicare,” Ahern said. “Residents can call us or come in person and we will help them fill out a benefits worksheet and assist them with the application to make it simpler.”

  Laura Stetser/Event organizer Assemblyman Chris Brown, right, speaks with some of the expo’s visitors. Laura Stetser/Event organizer Assemblyman Chris Brown, right, speaks with some of the expo’s visitors. Laura Stetser/Renee Ahern of the Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services is one of the staff members who assist seniors with their Medicare qualification and application questions. Laura Stetser/Renee Ahern of the Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services is one of the staff members who assist seniors with their Medicare qualification and application questions. The expo also featured AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Shore Medical Center, the American Red Cross, Chiropractor Dr. Barry Rizzo, Dr. Fred Coville of Cornerstone Plastic Surgery, Royal Suites Healthcare and Rehabilitation, Caring, Inc., Contact Cape-Atlantic, Atlantic County SPCA, Caring Adult Healthcare Services, AIMS Diagnostics and Primary Housecall Providers.  


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