Day at the Illinois State Fair set for Monday
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Information and one-on-one
counseling on Medicare and Illinois Cares Rx
Special portraits of Illinois'
fallen soldiers to be displayed
[AUG. 8, 2006]
SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Department on Aging
will host Senior Day at the Illinois Building at the
Fair in Springfield on Monday. The air-conditioned building, which
is near the main gate on the state fairgrounds, is open daily from 9
a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission for people 60 years of age and older is
free on Senior Day.
Each and every day of the fair,
which runs Aug. 11-20, there will be entertainment and bingo.
Officials with the Department on Aging will also be on hand to
provide information to seniors and their families regarding the
recent changes to the federal Medicare drug benefit and Gov. Rod R.
Blagojevich's newest prescription drug program, Illinois Cares Rx.
Seniors and their families may sign up for same-day, individual,
private counseling sessions about pharmaceutical benefits with
professional counselors from the Department on Aging.
people on-site to help seniors, their families and their caregivers
get a better understanding about the changes to the Medicare
program. It's very important that everyone understand the complex
issues involved," explained Charles D. Johnson, director of the
Department on Aging.
On Senior Day, special portraits of Illinois' fallen soldiers
from the war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan will be on public
display in the Illinois Building. The sketches, which can also be
viewed on Sunday, were created by 22-year-old Eastern Illinois
University student Cameron Schilling to memorialize the men and
women who gave the ultimate sacrifice while defending our country.
Also on Senior Day, Jim Karras, a nationally known fitness and
weight loss expert, will speak at 11 a.m. in the auditorium. The
special seminar is sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of
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St. John's Hospital, Illinois Pharmacists Association, the Lions
Club and the Illinois Optometric Association will provide free
health screenings each day, including these:
Diabetic eye testing
Height and weight
Representatives from various state agencies and private companies
will also be on hand during the entire fair to provide information
about services provided to older people.
Attorney General Lisa
Blue Cross and Blue
Shield of Illinois
Illinois Bee Keepers
of Financial and Professional Regulation
of Human Services
of Public Health (Each day from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., the
department will host a special seminar to educate seniors on
of Veterans' Affairs
Illinois Lt. Gov. Pat
Secretary of State
Jesse White's office
State Treasurer Judy
Baar Topinka's office
U.S. Social Security
Watkins Home Products
Department on Aging news release]