Shelton Senior Health Fair provides guidance and screenings

More than 100 people visited a a Senior Health and Wellness Fair on Sept. 23 at the Shelton Senior Center.

Local healthcare organizations, hospitals, nonprofit organizations, state agencies and community resource representatives provided information, screenings and other services.

Seniors could get flu shots and obtain information about legal services, home care aid and consumer protection.

The fair featured a special Medicare presentation that was led by Judith Stein, executive director of the Center for Medicare Advocacy, and Nancy Shaffer, the state’s long-term care ombudsman.

“Medicare and health insurance in general is complicated,” said Shaffer, noting the seniors in attendance “were so engaged in the presentation and asked great questions.”

The event was sponsored by Shelton’s three state legislators — state Sen. Kevin Kelly and state Reps. Jason Perillo and Ben McGorty.

'A one-stop shop'

Kelly described it as “a one-stop-shop for health screenings, senior services and educational materials” that allowed seniors and their family members to learn more about community resources and government programs.

Perillo said the fair “was great to see so many seniors learn about what options they have for everything from healthcare to financial planning.”

McGorty said seniors gained “a greater understanding of programs and services that they have available to them, and I hope they take full advantage.”

The legislators thanked the senior center and its staff for again hosting the event.