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January 25, 2013
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More than 200 seniors attend health fair

Every year, Gardnerville resident Lynn Schulz, 70, and her husband attend the senior health fair to get their blood drawn at a discounted rate.

They also enjoy browsing the more than 40 senior-related products and services.

"It was perfectly painless," Schulz said of her blood draw. "The health fair is a great way for people to find out what our area has to offer, and if they need help they can probably find it here."

The 14th annual senior health fair was Wednesday at the Carson Valley Inn.

"The goal is to get the providers in the same room as the public so they can ask questions and get a real feel for what services are available," organizer Amanda Reid said. "We try and get a lot of different vendors here. It goes from audiology and hearing aids, to home care options, to residential care."

Carson Valley Medical Center Plebotomist Elizabeth Patton said close to 50 seniors take advantage of the discounted laboratory tests offered at the fair.

"It's important people know where their levels are, so they can get the help they need," she said. "People don't have it (blood drawn) often because they don't have money for it. With the discounted prices they can get the health care they deserve."

The hospital offers discounted blood draws every third Thursday of the month.

Sam Haefeli of St. Mary's Home Care enjoyed meeting and talking with potential clients.

"This health fair is more intimate, and you get to speak with patients and vendors on a more intimate level," she said. "I've met with a couple of people I'm going to be setting up services with in their homes."

Ruby Treloar, 70, attends to the health fair every year.

"I love it. You learn a lot of new stuff, and get a lot of free stuff," the Gardnerville resident said. "They are all here to help us. The information is good, and you can come down here and they tell you all about it."

Colleen Wright, Community Marketing Director for Carson Valley Senior Living said she was receiving a lot of interest in the facility.

"They're asking our location, our prices, what kind of activities our seniors do," Wright said. "We're getting a lot of interest from people who didn't know where to start. It's been really great that I can answer their questions, and get them set up with a tour of the place."

Carson City resident Victor Larrey was not only getting information for himself, but for his family as well.

"I like getting the freebies, and the information," he said. "My wife got information on Medicare, and I found all the information on diabetes so I could pass it on to my son-in-law."

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