Seniors get healthy at Colley Complex

Published 8:57 pm Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Colley Senior Complex was packed to the gills Wednesday as seniors took advantage of the opportunity to participate in the Complex’s 2010 Health and Wellness Fair.

“We had more than 250 seniors to participate in this year’s health fair and that was the largest response that we have had,” said Janet Motes, Center director. “We were very excited that so many people participated.”

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This year’s Health and Wellness Fair was held in conjunction with National Senior Center Month and Motes said that was one reason for the large number of participants.

“We gave out information about the health fair at our open house celebration of National Senior Center Month so more people knew about it,” Motes said. “And, then we’ve had more seniors participating in our activities recently. People who had stopped coming on a regular basis for different reasons have started back. And, too, people just want to stay well and these screenings and checks help them do that.

“The health fair was free and offered cholesterol and glucose tests, hearing and eye screenings, blood pressure checks, stroke assessments, flu shots – anything mobile, we got it here.”

Motes said the Health and Wellness Fair featured 27 vendors. Most vendor booths were related in some way to health and wellness but a few vendors participated in an effort to let seniors know what services they have available to them and to the community.

“Several organizations and agencies that are engrained in the community set up booths,” Motes said. “They just wanted our seniors to know they are there to support them.”

Johnny Mitchell was one of the many seniors who participated in the Health and Wellness Fair. He said making sure that he is ticking right is important to his health.

“I had a lung transplant 18 years ago and I try to take care of myself,” he said. “My blood pressure was good and I’m going through all the checks to see how I’m doing. I’m 80 years old and I try to take care of myself. I try to think good thoughts and to stay happy. That’s important to your health, too.”

The Colley Senior Complex is a place where seniors can go to do the things they enjoy and to build and nurture friendships.

“We have 1,800 members of the Colley Senior Complex and offer 125 programs and activities,” Motes said. “Our programs are free and we are offering more programs than ever before. We are also tailoring our programs to the interests of our members. If someone tell us something they would like for us to offer, we’ll make it happen.”

For more information about the programs and activities at the Colley Senior Complex, call 334-808-8500 or visit the complex across from Sorority Hill on Elm Street in Troy.