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Seniors take advantage of free health screenings

More than 60 seniors took advantage of a free health checks event for Age Concern members in Hamilton yesterday.

The charity teamed up with the Chubb Charitable Foundation to host the first of three events this year offering people over 50 a range of health screenings. Members were able to get their blood pressure, blood sugars and weight checked and eye checks and dental screenings were also available.

Bob Oliver attended his first health checks event because he felt it was a good opportunity to get his overall health checked out. The 77-year-old, from Paget, added: “It's quite impressive, all the different stations and volunteers. It's been good to get free screenings and come out of here more educated.”

Denise Trew-Knight, from Warwick, said she attended the health check because she was concerned about her vision.

She said: “I went through the procedure and met the eye doctor. He told me I had healthy eyes and to come back next year. I feel very good about that. I came by last year and I am better this year than I was last year. Overall the health screening is very good. My husband and I came here and I am delighted we did.”

Edwina Trott, from Hamilton Parish, also came along for the first time. “When I heard about the screenings, I decided to take advantage of it. They seem to be very thorough.”

The 72-year-old said she had her blood pressure, weight and height measured and was keen to also get her vision assessed.

Elizabeth Carswell added: “I am 87 now and I felt I should have a checkup. I am two inches shorter than I was. I think it's marvellous.”

Employees from Chubb Insurance volunteered at the event, along with pupils from Mount Saint Agnes Academy.

Age Concern's Health Checks Initiative: pictured left to right, Elizabeth Isaac and Emily Sinclair, 17, MSA

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Published March 29, 2018 at 9:00 am (Updated March 29, 2018 at 1:16 am)

Seniors take advantage of free health screenings

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