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SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Everyone is invited to Health Screening Day – Lockport Union

The public is invited to “Health Screening Day,” which will be held from 10 a.m. until noon Aug. 23 at Lockport Town Hall, 6560 Dysinger Road. The event is sponsored by the Town of Lockport and The Dale Association. 

Free health screenings for memory, hearing, vision, bone density, cholesterol, pulse oxygen and blood pressure will be provided. Information about services offered throughout Niagara County will be available and Clear Captions will be on hand demonstrating their telephones designed for those with hearing impairment. Appointments needed only for memory screenings; please call 433-1886 to schedule your appointment. Other screenings will be on a walk-in basis.

According to the National Institute on Aging, today’s older Americans are very different from their predecessors – with a much longer life expectancy. National Institute on Aging prepared a report of the health and socioeconomic status of the aging population at a critical time in the maturing of the United States. The report highlights a striking shift in aging on a population scale. The report indicates that a lot of progress has been made in improving the health and well being of older Americans, but there is much work left to do. 

The health of older Americans is improving. Seniors are more physically active than most people think.  About 97 percent of those polled said they are in good, very good or excellent health and 45 percent consider themselves about average in physical fitness. About 42 percent said they look or feel better as a result of physical activity. But, 14 million people age 65 and older reported some level of disability, mostly linked to a high prevalence of chronic conditions such as heart disease or arthritis.

While we cannot stop the passage of time, we can make healthy choices that shape how we age. Exercising, eating well, regular health screenings and immunizations provide the foundations of staying healthy throughout life. Adopting these healthy habits and stopping negative habits, such as smoking, can have a positive effect on quality of life as a person ages.

I hope you will take advantage of the free screenings at Lockport Town Hall.

Maureen A. Wendt is president and CEO of The Dale Association, a Lockport-based non-profit organization that provides senior, mental health, in-home care, caregiver support services and enrichment activities for adults. For more information, call 433-1937 or visit

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