A number of free health screenings will be available for the public this Friday at the Lewis County Senior Center as part of Winter Wellness Day in Lewis County.
Health care professionals will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day at the center, which will include screenings for hearing, cholesterol, bone density and blood pressure. Attendees also will be able to speak with a pharmacist about medication.
John Pope, director of Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital's pharmacy, will provide medication consultation for the public. Pope will counsel patients on the use of their medications, how their medications work, what they are used for, etc. Patients are encouraged to come in with their medication list for discussion. Many older people have a variety of medications. If they are going to several doctors, there is the possibility of a conflict with the prescriptions.
Another screening will be for bone density, provided by Brenda Tonkin, director of SJMH's radiology department. A bone density test determines if one has osteoporosis - a disease that causes bones to become more fragile and more likely to break.
In the past, osteoporosis could be detected only after a person broke a bone. By that time, however, the patient's bones could be quite weak. A bone density test makes it possible to know the risk of breaking bones before the fact. The test uses a measurement to see how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed into a segment of bone.
The SJMH screening is done on the heel of the foot. The higher the bone mineral content, the denser ones' bones are. And the denser the bones, the stronger they generally are and the less likely they are to break.
If you go
What:?Free Wellness Day
When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday
Where: Lewis County Senior Center
Friday's event also will include a performance at noon by Jenny Wilson and Nathan Wilson, as well as educational tables.
More information on the event is available by calling 304-269-8167.