Health
Thursday, November 11, 2004
Manor House seminar stresses importance of healthy aging
On Wednesday, Oct. 27, fitness professionals and health experts gathered at the Methodist Manor House in Seaford to share information about healthy aging and to measure fitness levels of older adults. Wesley Wellness Center, Manor House’s on-site aquatics, fitness and rehabilitative facility, organized the event in an effort to educate the community about the importance of preventive health and regular monitoring of vital signs and other health indicators. Wesley Wellness team members measured blood pressure, strength, balance and body mass index. Jonathan Souder, director of fitness for Wesley, remarked that it is particularly important for older adults to remain vigilant about their health. “Awareness is key. Even something as simple as comparing height and weight from month to month can help people understand whether or not they are loosing muscle mass. Corrective and preventive measures are so important to optimal health,” he said. Representatives from the American Heart Association, the Nanticoke Cancer Center and the Alzheimer’s Association were also available to provide information about services and programs. Wesley Wellness Center is open to the public and features swim lessons, fitness and aquatics classes, strength training and rehabilitation services. Call Jonathan Souder at 629-4593 for more information.
Free diabetes screenings are scheduled throughout state
The Delaware Pharmacists Society is offering free diabetes screenings to reach some of the estimated 17,000 Delawareans with diabetes who have not been diagnosed. The “finger-stick” test takes less than a minute for people who have never been diagnosed, and less than 10 minutes for those who already know they have diabetes.
The screenings are scheduled at the following locations:
  • Nov. 17 - Diabetes Expo, Dover Sheraton, Dover
  • Nov. 19 - Bylers Store, Dover, 4 to 7 p.m.
To find out about times and locations of upcoming screenings, schedule an individual screening with a pharmacist, or to inquire about a group screening at your business or organization, call the Delaware Helpline at (800) 464-HELP.