Philadelphia Housing Authority Holds Citywide Health Fair For Seniors
PHILADELPHIA, PA- With the population growing older and with many seniors still asking questions about the new Medicare prescription program, the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) today held a major public health fair dedicated to senior citizens and their wellness needs.
The PHA Senior Heath Fair & Fitness Day 2006 kicked off with opening remarks from PHA Executive Director Carl Greene.
"We are proud to offer the fair in dedication to the well being of our senior clients, their caregivers, and neighbors," said Mr. Greene.  "PHA is committed to educating older people about health advances that can improve their quality of life.  At the same time, we want them to have a good time so we mixed in some dancing demonstrations, stretching and our healthy cafĂ©."
The fair drew a well-rounded representation of health care concerns.  Special guest, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging Nora Dowd-Eisenhower, addressed the state's efforts in meeting the priorities of older constituents, including prescription drug coverage assistance and related fraud prevention.
The Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS), the Social Security Administration, AARP, the Alzheimer's Association and the Mayor's Office of Health & Fitness were among many other participants welcomed by PHA. 
The fair provided useful information for managing serious health challenges that many older people are facing, such as heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer's disease.  The event also offered educational materials about health care insurance.
"Our senior population is growing. We have to be aware of their needs and the fact that today's seniors are much more active than those of past generations," said Mr. Greene. 
Today's guests received the benefit of on-site health screenings and one-on-one Medicare Part D enrollment counseling.  They also learned how to research their own health matters on the Internet with the assistance of instructor guidance in the community center's computer library.
The fair showcased the core aspects of PHA's senior programs, including  advocacy.  PHA, its volunteers and partners coordinate information that older citizens use in every day life planning for wills, long term care insurance, medical assistance, Medicare, supplemental insurance, senior housing, services for the disabled, consumer fraud prevention, safety awareness programs and transportation issues.
Seniors at the health fair pick up information on the LIFE program run by St. Agnes Continuing Care Center.

PHA Executive Director Carl Greene told the crowd at the fair that PHA is committed to educating older people about health advances that can improve their quality of life.

Seniors attending the fair were able to get their blood pressure tested, something crucial to their good health.

Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging Nora Dowd-Eisenhower answered questions about Medicare Part D which has confused and frustrated seniors.