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Johnson County Senior Center hosts health fair

Seniors enjoy the health fair
Residents are enjoying the recent Johnson County Senior Center Health Fair. The provided services and valuable information local vendors. Photos submitted by Kathy Motsinger.

By Tamas Mondovics

More than 160 seniors stopped by the Johnson County Senior Center in Mountain City last week to take advantage of the variety of services offered during the annual Senior Center Spring Health Fair held annual was held on Thursday, May 24.

The event sponsored by Johnson County Bank drew the large crowd of area seniors, who have received valuable health-related services and information from different vendors. Such services included blood work by Ballad Health of Johnson City Medical Center, while Phlebotomy Coordinator, Terry Shipley, and her team provided a full panel blood work for $10.00 per person, senior citizen age.

Legal Aid, A.C.T.I.O.N Coalition, Quillen Rehab Center, Amedisys Home Health Care, Ballad Health, Caris Healthcare and VR Blind Services were set up to assist seniors and had information for anyone interested. The last week’s fair was a great addition to the Johnson County Senior Center’s Alzheimer’s Awareness Day program the week before.

“Everyone came dressed in purple,” said Johnson County Senior Center Director Katherine Motsinger. “The purple was the color of the day, which saw more than 108 senior citizens, who have enjoyed a nice lunch at no cost. A game of bingo followed and was a big success with everyone winning.”

Motsinger added that the series of recent health events also included a program on, which included a dinner catered by Fatz Café on Monday, May 21. Tracey Kendall Wilson from Alzheimer’s Tennessee spoke about Dementia A-Z emphasizing the theme: “Alzheimer’s is a journey that no one should take alone.”

Alzheimer’s Tennessee, INC was founded in 1983 by a group of Tennessee families and professionals to help everyone understand and cope with the ravaging effects of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.  Johnson County Bank, the Mountain City Funeral Home, and Caris Healthcare sponsored Monday’s program.Thanks to their generous support there was no cost for dinner, and many door prizes were won.

For more information about forms of Dementia, please call Alzheimer’s Tennessee at 423-330-4532. The next Health Fair is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 15.