The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia joined with Gateway Health to host a Senior Health and Resource Fair on June 19, 2018, featuring informational booths, health screenings and a mini-workout session, among other offerings. Older adults were able to learn about physical and mental wellness, as well as many local resources that are available to help them stay as healthy and fulfilled.
The Salvation Army focuses on a holistic approach to serving individuals and families. Its programs and services address physical, economic, emotional and spiritual needs. The Senior Health and Resource Fair, held at the Roxborough Corps Community Center, is one of many ways The Salvation Army partners with seniors to help them live life to the fullest.
Education is one of the most vital tools for seniors as they aim to maintain good health.
Marci Cooper, Program Specialist at the Roxborough Corps, shared her advice to seniors: “Information is what is going to save you.” She said having knowledge of certain symptoms or treatments allows older adults to be more self-sufficient and able to identify health issues before they become disastrous.
AARP, Mobile CPR Project, Office of Councilman Curtis Jones, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, and Roxborough Memorial Hospital were among the many agencies and organizations on-hand at the event.
Roxborough Memorial Hospital made available information about various health issues that have a serious impact on seniors, such as diabetes, heart disease, strokes and heatstroke. Leah Callaway, Business Development and Marketing Director with Roxborough Memorial Hospital explained how increased awareness on these issues allows seniors to respond effectively if they or someone they know begin to show warning signs. “Knowing their own limits; knowing their bodies, what they can do and what they can’t do,” she said.