COLUMBIA, Mo. — Dancing the tango, tasting new recipes and participating in life-saving health screenings — these are a few ways MU Health Care providers are promoting the benefits of staying safe and aging well to seniors.
Sponsored by the Frank L. Mitchell Jr. MD, Trauma Center at University Hospital, the free healthy living extravaganza for adults 65 years of age and older will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, at the Stoney Creek Inn & Conference Center, 2601 S. Providence Road in Columbia.
The event offers older adults the opportunity to assess their health through more than a dozen screening events including vision and hearing tests, blood pressure checks, and diabetes, skin cancer and bone density screenings.
A chef from MU Health Care’s Dining and Nutrition Services will present cooking demonstrations focused on cooking small, healthy meals for one or two adults. Certified dance instructors will be available to teach tango and waltz lessons.
The event coincides with the national Falls Prevention Awareness Day on Friday, Sept. 23.
Falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries for Americans age 65 and older, with more than 18,000 older Americans dying every year because of a fall.
“We wanted to put a fun spin on this event and show older adults how they can take charge in preventing personal injuries from falls,” said Andrea Fox, director of grateful patient programs and injury prevention efforts at MU Health Care. “Eating healthy and exercising are two ways that older adults can stay healthy and prevent falls.”
Fox said many different health screenings will be available free at the event, because chronic diseases such as diabetes can contribute to fall injuries later in life.
No reservations are needed to attend the event. For more information, please contact Fox at (573) 884-6381.