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Rossmoor Health Fair Coming to Event Center on Nov. 2

The fair will feature health checks by Carelink Pharmacy and flu vaccinations

By Penny Reed

Counseling Services

(Wednesday, Oct. 25, 1:30 p.m.) Rossmoor Counseling Services will host the annual Rossmoor Health Fair on Thursday, Nov. 2, in the Event Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The fair will feature health checks by Carelink Pharmacy and flu vaccinations.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided with no charge for attendees. The Health Fair provides an opportunity for residents to meet service providers available within Rossmoor and Contra Costa County.

Among the participants is Contra Costa Senior Legal Services (CCSLS), an agency that has been dedicated to protecting the rights of older residents ages 60 and older in the county. CCSLS provides free legal services that improve the quality of life for seniors, assisting in such areas as preservation of housing, prevention of abuse, and planning for incapacity.

Also attending is Family Caregiver Alliance, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for family caregivers and the people who receive their care. HEALTH: Fair set to feature free health checks, flu vaccinations, service providers

Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center, in collaboration with Connected Horse, offers equine-assisted workshops for people living with early stage dementia and their care partners.

Drop by the fair to find out more about these and about 30 more organizations that will be available for residents to connect.

CareLink Pharmacy will again provide blood pressure checks, blood glucose checks and flu shots from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Note: Flu vaccines can only be provided for non-Kaiser Medicare recipients.

Residents who would like to receive a flu shot are encouraged to register with the Counseling office at 1-925988-7750. They will receive a time slot for the day of the Health Fair. Walk-ins are available, but vaccinations cannot be guaranteed if residents have not registered. Contact the Counseling Office with questions or to register for a flu shot.

Residents receiving a flu vaccine should bring their non-Kaiser Medicare card and photo ID.

They do not need to register for any other part of the fair.

CareLink Pharmacy is an independently owned and operated pharmacy, located in Walnut Creek. It offers services such as home delivery, custom blister packaging, medication therapy management, immunizations, travel medicine, and disease-state management.

Directly after the fair, join Counseling Services for a featured speaker, Melanie Henry, founder and CEO of Driver Cognitive Assessment Center. It is well-known that driving skills can change as people age. When a person is unsafe to drive, they must stop driving.

The challenge is in knowing and accepting when that time is. Medical conditions and medications can compromise mental fitness to drive. The Driver Cognitive Assessment Center’s goal is to protect competent safe drivers, accurately identify cognitively unsafe drivers, and to help improve safety on our roads.

It offers one of the world’s leading technologies to provide objective and accurate information about driver safety. Test results are not sent to the DMV. Drivers and loved ones use this assessment to make better decisions themselves.

Henry will discuss her program in the Tahoe Room at 1 p.m. as the larger Health Fair is wrapping up.

Sponsoring the Health Fair this year are Atria Walnut Creek and Carlton Senior Living, who will provide breakfast and lunch items. The fair is free, and no registration is needed unless residents want a flu shot.

So stop by for a health assessment and stay to find out about the participating agencies that provide services to help seniors maintain their optimum health and independence. Or come by at 1 p.m. to learn more about the Driver Cognitive Assessment Center’s programs.

This event is live and in-person. All Contra Costa Health Services guidelines will be observed at the time of the event. Updates will follow if any significant changes occur.