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Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will provide the following free health services this month. All programs require an appointment or preregistration.   

  • Free Injury Screenings: Tuesday, Oct. 15,11 a.m.-1 p.m. Physical therapists from PT Solutions will address orthopedic concerns and provide a free injury screening to identify potential injuries or musculoskeletal problems. Whether it is an ankle sprain, plantar fasciitis, knee, shoulder or back pain, the physical therapists will be available to answer questions. Available to those 18 and older. Appointments are free.
    • Think Pink Lunch – Cooking to Prevent Cancer: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. This fun cooking demonstration will focus on the importance of healthy nutrition in the fight against cancer. Participants will receive helpful screening information, delicious samples and recipes. Attendees are encouraged to wear pink. Available to those 18 and older.
    • Eat Smart, Feel Well: Wednesdays, Oct. 16 and 30, Nov. 6, 13, and 20, 10:30-11:30 a.m. This five-session series is back by popular demand. Attendees will receive great ideas for simple meals, healthy food choices, cooking tips and tasty fall recipes. Available to those 18 and older.
    • Keys to Aging Well: Thursday, Oct. 17, 11 a.m.-noon. It is never too late to reap the benefits of taking care of yourself, from eating well to stress management and keeping the mind and body active. Available to those 50 or older.
    • Brain Fit: Monday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m.-noon. Our brains need to be challenged and “worked out” as much as our bodies. This program will feature “flex your brain” game stations, fun trivia and more. Those 50 or older are invited to learn how to keep their brain active and healthy.
    • Biodex Balance Testing & Fall Risk Assessment: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m.-noon. Schedule a free 10-minute appointment for a balance test using a Biodex balance system. Attendees will learn how their results compare to the results of other people their age and can have their risk of falls assessed. Tips for improving balance will be provided as well. Available to those 18 and older.
    • Eating for More Energy & Less Inflammation: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 10-11 a.m. Unexplained aches and pains, feeling tired or struggling with unwanted weight may be symptoms of an underlying disease cause by a person’s diet. Dr. Dawn Cadwallader, DC, will explain how diet can be directly related to inflammation. Available to those 18 and older.
    • Advances in Joint Replacement Surgery: Thursday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m.-noon. Attendees will learn about the latest options for hip, knee, shoulder and ankle replacement. Attendees will also learn what to expect before and after surgery, and practical tips to improve recovery. Available to those 18 and older.
    • Boost Your Brain Health with the MIND Diet: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MIND stands for Mediterranean Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. Registered dietitians Crystal Woods and Elizabeth Hall will discuss what foods people should be eating to slow brain aging and lower the risk of Alzheimer’s. Available to those 50 or older.
    • Dealing with Depression: Thursday, Oct. 31, 11 a.m.-noon. Symptoms of depression can include extended periods of sadness, loss of pleasure in everyday activities, poor sleep, being too tired to complete everyday tasks or feelings of worthlessness or guilt. This program is open to people who are, or many know someone who is, struggling. Available to those 18 and older.

For more information about registration or scheduling appointments, call 423-434-6237.

CONTACT:    Deb Fogle, senior services manager
                             Parks and Recreation