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Stuhr Center hosts Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday

Seniors are invited to get a flu shot, be screened for a variety of health issues and learn about important health topics at the 12th annual Health and Wellness Resource Fair at the Elsie Stuhr Center.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at 5550 S.W. Hall Blvd. The Stuhr Center is owned and operated by the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District for residents '55 and better.'

Forty businesses and 15 to 20 nonprofit organizations will share health and community resource information with the public, said Ann Satterfield, the center's health and wellness program coordinator.

'All realms of wellness will be represented, including physical, mental, spiritual and emotional, environmental, occupational and intellectual,'' she said. 'It's a great opportunity to learn more about health and fitness wellness resources available to individuals 55 and better - all packed into four short hours.'

Because of construction activity at the Stuhr Center, Satterfield encouraged visitors to use the entrances on Ninth or 12th Street.

She said the event typically draws nearly 500 people, many who come for their annual flu shot. Supplies vary year to year, but if available, the shot costs $30, a charge normally covered by Medicare plans.

Attendees also may benefit from free screenings provided by the Lions Club, for blood pressure, hearing, vision, glaucoma and diabetes. Other vendors will provide additional screenings for issues such as balance and flexibility.

Three special presentations are planned.

  • At 9:30 a.m., Linda Hunt, an occupational therapist and professor at Pacific University in Forest Grove, will discuss 'Driving and Dementia.'' Most recently, she has studied drivers who get lost due to early stages of dementia.

  • At 10:30 a.m., Cory Bolkan will address 'How stereotypes influence how we treat elders, affect our own behaviors and actually affect health.' Bolkan is an assistant professor of human development at Washington State University in Vancouver, where she teaches courses in gerontology and adult development.

  • At 11:30 a.m., Jacqueline Sinke will explain 'Exercising with Medical Conditions.'' Sinke's credentials include fall-proof balance and mobility specialist; certified clinical exercise specialist; and gold certified advanced health and fitness specialist.

    'Jacqueline has over 19 years experience in the health fitness industry and specializes in functional fitness exercise programming for individuals to prevent, better manage and treat chronic medical conditions and illness, as well as balance and mobility disorders,'' Satterfield said.

    Sinke instructs several exercise programs at the Stuhr Center for improving functional health and fitness.

    Money raised by sponsorships and vendor booths will benefit the Stuhr Center and likely go towards the purchase of new furniture or fitness equipment for the center, which is undergoing renovation as part of a THPRD bond measure project. Typically, the event brings in $5,000, Satterfield said.