Hampton Township is having a senior moment next weekend.
A Seniors on the Go Health Fair will be held on Sept. 30 at the Hampton Community Center from 10 a.m. to noon, with no registration required.
Sponsored through the township’s community services department, Dr. Kirsten Lin, a primary care physician in Hampton, helped organize the event. It will feature doctors and other health professionals discussing nutrition, physical fitness, mental and psychological well-being, and avoidance of common safety pitfalls.
Seniors on the Go will include several doctors holding brief discussions, beginning with Dr. Lin speaking on nutrition and diets. Dr. Melina Dodd, a psychiatrist who recently opened a location in Hampton, will discuss mood disorders, specifically how depression can be mistakenly labeled dementia.
Dr. Nuket Curran, a physical therapist, will discuss Fightin’ Fit, and how to maintain good activity and avoiding falls.
Finally, Dr. Amrit Riarh, a geriatric fellow at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital, will discuss osteoporosis.
A nutritionist will prepare a healthy snack for sampling and doctors will be available for questions and answers, said Lin.
She said anyone can attend, as these tips useful to all. And younger people may want to learn more information for older relatives, said Lin, who operates a direct primary care, where patients pay for care through memberships and she doesn’t bill insurances.
She said it seems like age 60 is the new 40, as more people are seeking retirement earlier to travel and be active.
“People are retiring and they’re not in wheelchairs and walkers,” she said. “We want to make sure people stay healthy and independent as long as possible.”
Amber Pucciarelli, a part-time facility manager for the township, said this is the first Seniors on the Go, part of an request from council for more senior programming.
“Recognizing, assisting and providing information to our seniors is a continuing goal of the township and this program is just one of the examples of what we hope to do for them,” said Hampton Manager Chris Lochner.
And for those unable to attend the event, there’s also a Senior Expo on Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Allison Park Church on Duncan Avenue. The free annual event is courtesy of State Rep. Hal English and Sen. Randy Vulakovich, featuring health screenings, a fraud presentation, and refreshments, according to Vulakovich’s website. Local, county and state agencies will be available to let seniors know what services are available to them.
Natalie Beneviat is a Tribune-Review contributor.