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[August 04, 2016]
On Friday morning, Illinois
Senator Bill Brady and Representative Tim Butler hosted a health
fair at the Oasis Senior Center in Lincoln. The fair vendors on hand
were there to speak with visitors on topics of particular interest
to the older citizens of Logan County.
As they age, men and women both need to become more conscious of
their health and well-being.
Among the vendors on hand, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital was
doing bone density testing. Bone density can decrease during the
aging process. Density can also be impacted if a person is a smoker,
or if a female is post-menopausal.
The hospital also offered information on diabetes, and the diabetes
support group held at ALMH at regular intervals.
Walgreens was also on hand with blood pressure screenings.
The State of Illinois was well represented with folks there from the
Illinois I-Cash program, the Secretary of State License Division,
the State Comptrollerís Office and the Office of the Attorney
General. At the license bureau table, the representative shared with
visitors the new Illinois distribution of Driverís License renewals.
For those who may not know, when you go next time to renew your
driverís license you will be given a temporary license, and your new
permanent one will be sent to you in the mail within about 15 days.
The representative also recommended that even though a person may
have a valid Driverís License, one should also have an Illinois
Identification Card. He explained that it makes an excellent second
source of photo I.D., and once issued it never expires. The I.D. is
also free to persons over age 65.
Others on hand for the health fair included AARP, the Area Agency on
Aging for Lincolnland, and the Illinois Department of Veteran
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Members of the Lincoln College String
Ensemble were set up on the small stage area at the center with
chairs for guests to sit and listen to the music while enjoying a
cookie or a cup of coffee.
The Humane Society of Logan County had a display set
up inside the Oasis and had brought several kittens that were
enjoying the fresh air and coolness of the day outside on the Oasis
patio. The HSLC has several kittens available right now, and the
half-dozen or more at the Oasis were hoping to become the loving pet
to a senior before the day ended.
The Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois had brought out
one of the Logan Mason Public Transportation buses and invited folks
to step inside to take a look at how accommodating the buses are for
those with disabilities or just those who prefer not to drive to
locations in Lincoln.
Throughout the morning, Brady and Butler were on hand, speaking with
guests one-on-one and asking about their concerns as seniors in this
part of the state.
It was a busy morning with several folks coming out to take
advantage of all that was offered.