Seniors take advantage of free health fair |

Seniors take advantage of free health fair

by Caryn Haller
Nonie Luthi tries the Biodex balance system with the help of Steve Yasmer, a physical therapist for Carson-Tahoe, during the Senior Health Fair at the Carson Valley Inn last year.
Shannon Litz file photo | The Record-Courier

Dave Thomas, 77, felt like a kid again after getting his blood pressure checked Wednesday at the Carson Valley Inn.

Close to 60 senior-related vendors were on hand for the Douglas County Senior Center’s annual health fair.

“I’m like 10 years old,” Thomas said of his 108 over 56 blood pressure. “I’ve got to make sure my heart’s working good before I walk around and see all the booths. There’s a lot of good information here. You’ve got to keep updated.”

Gardnerville resident Nonie Luthi, 64, took advantage of the low-cost medical services, and had a complete blood work done.

“I want to stay healthy. I bicycle, I hike, I snowshoe,” Luthi said. “A lot of seniors don’t have a way to get around so to have everything here is great.”

First-time vendor Janice Alcayaga of Sierra Foot and Ankle in Gardnerville was happy with all the foot traffic at the health fair.

“People have been asking about diabetic treatments and shoes. The doctor does a lot of diabetic foot care,” she said. “We have a lot of new things happening in our office, a lot of new products and treatments. It’s a good thing to be here.”

Carson Tahoe Hospital brought their balance testing machine to the fair. As a person stands on the platform, it moves slightly and measures how still the person stands while in motion.

“We see what the risk of falling is. A lot of seniors fall and break their hips, and it affects their life in a negative way,” therapist Carl Prudhomme said. “Our goal as their therapist is to train them in proper exercises to maintain their balance.”

The free service was helpful for not only seniors, but 42-year-old Jaime Williams gained some knowledge as well.

“I wanted to see what my balance was. It’s way off the chart,” she said. “I learned I need to start balancing on one leg to improve my balance.”

Recreation Specialist Sheri Karosich said there was a constant flow of people showing up to browse the vendors.

“We wanted to get seniors the services they might not know are available in the community,” she said. “It’s a great way to meet vendors and find out what they have to offer.”

For more information, call the senior center at 783-6455.