Senior Health Fair in Santee on May 18

by Rick Griffin

The Grossmont Healthcare District, a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region, is among the sponsors of the 13th annual free East County Senior Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, May 18, at the Santee Trolley Square shopping center, near the amphitheater and food court, 9850 Mission Gorge Road in Santee. Other sponsors include Sharp Grossmont Hospital.

The East County Senior Services Providers, a coalition of community organizations and agencies that serve seniors in the East County and organizers of the health fair, said more than 60 exhibit booths will include free health screenings for stroke, blood pressure, blood glucose/diabetes, video otoscope and more. Information will be available about senior housing, home care services, home safety, fall prevention, health education, advance directives, nutrition and volunteer opportunities.

New this year: Officials with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department will collect and dispose of unwanted, unused or expired prescription medications as part of a prescription drug take back effort aimed at preventing prescription drug abuse. For event information, phone the La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center at (619) 667-1322.