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East Central College will host its annual senior expo and health fair Friday, May 9.

The free event will be held from 9 a.m. until noon in the gymnasium of the Multipurpose Building on the college campus in Union. 

Presentations will be held every half hour starting at 9:30 a.m. 

Topics will include creating a family health history, acupuncture to help alleviate arthritis, controlling health issues, estate planning and how to stay young. 

A number of vendors will conduct screenings related to glaucoma, blood sugar, hearing and macular degeneration. 

Other assessments will focus on balance testing, foot scans, spinal screening, blood pressure and hearing loss. Attendees can also have their hearing aids cleaned and hand function assessed.

The mammogram van from the Breast Healthcare Center of Missouri Baptist Medical Center will also be at the event. Women should call 1-800-870-5731 now to schedule an appointment for that morning.

More than 30 entities are joining with the college to co-sponsor the event.

An additional 27 vendors will be in attendance at the event. Several of the vendors will offer prize drawings and there will be drawings for door prizes throughout the morning. 

Cindy Brinker, coordinator of the Expo and Health Fair, noted that this is the ninth year the college has sponsored the free event. 

“Our intent is the same as it was in 2006,” Brinker said. “We want to promote health awareness through education and prevention, and provide information to seniors about services available in the area. Many free health screenings will be provided.” 

Brinker encourages anyone 55 and older to attend and bring family members who wish to hear about community resources available to their loved ones. 

Golf carts will be available to shuttle attendees to the door.

For more information people may call 636-584-6742 or email cbrinker@eastcentral.edu.