Monday Nov 17 2008
Health fair was great way to discover available services
By: Candace Roeder, A Time for Seniors
Dear Candace: I wanted to commend you and your team on the excellent health fair you put on every fall. I always enjoy the variety of exhibitors and never fail to learn something I didn’t know before. One particularly fascinating exhibit I spent a lot of time at was the walk-in bathtub. Why, I have never in my life heard of such a thing but saw it with my own eyes and even sat in it (without water of course)! What will they think of next? Another tidbit of information I hadn’t known before is that Seniors First has a free handyman service as well as free rides to the grocery store. I did know about the Meals on Wheels program and your information line but not handyman and rides! Oh, one more thing. I really liked that you had golf carts and drivers at the health fair to help those of us who needed it get to and from our cars. Sometimes the “long walk” to and from my car keeps me from attending events at the fairgrounds. I really think once people realize this service is available, more of them will attend the fall senior health event. Keep up the good work you do! — CG Dear CG: Thank you for your feedback and kind words! The golf carts were a big hit and we would like to thank Brian at Nick’s Custom Golf Cars in Roseville (916-773-0606) for making them available to us for the senior health fair. It occurs to me that if you weren’t aware of our Home Modifications and Safety Repairs program and our Door To Door Rides program, there are probably others in the community who don’t know about them either. Seniors First’s Handyperson program provides free minor home and safety repairs. This program is free to low-income homeowners residing in the unincorporated areas of Placer County or in the City of Roseville. We can help with such items as dripping faucets, door and window repairs, lock and dead bolt repairs/installation, weather stripping and caulking, clogged drains, grab bar installation and swamp coolers just to name a few. Call (530) 889-9500 ext. 400 or 401 for services. Seniors First’s Door To Door Rides program is a free transportation service for seniors and/or adults under 60 who are unable to drive or use public transportation. Anyone who needs transportation (and maybe an arm to lean on) to medical appointments, banking, shopping, pharmacy or their hairdresser (to name a few) should call (530) 889-9500 ext. 202 or (916) 782-4202 ext. 204 Dear Candace: I want to let your readers know that the Auburn Gold Country Medical History Museum opened on Oct. 4. It is located at 219 Maple St. in Auburn and is currently open to the public only on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and by appointment for groups. Currently we are experiencing a shortage of docents so if any of your readers are interested in helping us out, please have them give me a call. We are especially interested in volunteers with a background in the medical field, but, of course, will be happy to speak with any and all enthusiastic volunteers. I can be reached by calling (530) 367-3973 and at kperryman@suddenlink. net. The first hospital in Placer County was established in 1855 by a $1,400 grant from the State of California to care for the indigent. The stately Victorian located at 219 Maple St. in Auburn has been returned to its medical roots as a history museum, displaying the course of medical care and knowledge from the Gold Rush era to the mid 20th century. The museum is intended to be interesting and educational to non-medical people, especially youth, while staying technically accurate and complete. Interactive displays, video and audio systems, and timelines as well as storyboards are used extensively and a separate library for public and school use is planned. Candace Roeder is the executive director of Seniors First, a nonprofit senior services agency. Mail your senior-related questions to: A Time For Seniors, c/o Seniors First, 11566 D Ave., Auburn, CA, 95603, e-mail them to Candace@seniorsfirst.org or call her at (530) 889-9500 ext. 203.