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HUNTINGTON – It was a good thing Cabell Huntington Hospital completed its brand new parking garage this year before the hospital’s sixth annual Senior Fest took place Saturday.

More than 1,350 seniors, classified as anyone over age 50 by the hospital, came out for the health fair that included everything from information on depression to joint health to screenings for blood pressure, prostate cancer and even flu shots.

“Even though we are a hospital, we want our seniors to stay well,” said Teresa Sexton, director of senior services at the hospital. “We want to educate them on how to stay well. People don’t believe this, but we want to educate them on how to stay out of the hospital. And we want them to be able to stay in their homes and live their current lifestyle for as long as possible.”

Sexton said it’s more important now than ever to take care of seniors. Every day in the U.S., 10,000 people turn 65, she said, and West Virginia is the second oldest state in the union in terms of average age of its population.

“It’s our duty to take care of them,” she said.

The day also included games like bingo and cake walks, door prizes, educational seminars, photo booths, live entertainment and food. Everything was provided at no cost to the seniors.

The theme of this year’s fest was “Senior All-Stars.”

Cabell Huntington is the only West Virginia hospital to earn designation as a Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders site. It has maintained NICHE certification since 2006.

For information about any senior health issue, call 304-526-2695.

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