Overlake Medical Center’s annual Active Senior Fair has for 21 years been free and open to all members of the public. It now attracts nearly 2,000 seniors and their loved ones to the one-day event. Interpreters in Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Hindi and Russian help seniors and their families connect to the American health care system.
The fair provides 16 types of health screenings plus lectures and workshops with physicians and other staff focusing on major issues seniors encounter, such as strokes, cardiac issues and orthopedic problems. Visitors can access more than 70 other community groups, such as home health services and social support. To facilitate intergenerational interaction, Overlake organizers recruit high school student leaders to join the nearly 100 volunteers who help host the fair.
Every year, the Active Senior Fair’s mission is to help provide a good life for a person who is a senior, regardless of race, financial situation, gender or any other criteria, and connect them with the services they need. Read about the March 2017 fair here. (Mary Kay Clunies-Ross)