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The Stillaguamish Senior Center held their annual Health Fair on March 28 to help locals learn about various services and organizations that help aging adults.

“We had just under 50 vendors here today,” said Marilyn Enright outreach and wellness coordinator for the center.

“A lot of the different services are here, so for the people who maybe wouldn’t have taken the time to initiate a phone call, this is useful for them,” she said.

Patricia Stuart, an outreach coordinator with the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (a.k.a. SHIBA), said that visitors often learn something new at the fair.

“It connects them with resources available in their county, whether its assistance or supporting family caregivers,” she said.

It’s useful for adult caregivers who often need support from various organizations as well.

“If they’re in a position where they’re caring for someone, they can bring them somewhere that’s a safe caring environment,” said Stuart.

There are a variety of programs that people learn about at the fair they wouldn’t have had an opportunity to elsewhere.

“People are getting a lot of good information,” said Enright.

A variety of senior care centers, health insurers and other medical professionals were at the fair.

The local Community Health Center organization talked about their programs and clinics in the region.

“They do dental services and that’s important because so many people are either uninsured or underinsured in that area,” said Enright.

Family caregiver programs supported those who are looking after a family member.

“They support family caregivers, because that is very stressful to be involved in,” said Enright.

Also there were nonprofit organizations like Citrine Health, which is involved in a number of projects that support women like their breast/cervical/colon health program and their Everett retail location “The Bra Shop.”

SHIBA volunteers talked about their services, which include helping individuals navigate the healthcare market without any sales pressure.

“When someone’s on Medicare and they have questions … we are unpaid, not sales people, who are unbiased and give them that information,” said Enright, who is currently in training to become a SHIBA volunteer.

Other more specific programs are meant to help aging adults in various ways.

Memories Worth Telling helps individuals plan letters meant to be left behind after someone has passed.

“Debby [Mycroft, the founder,] helps people put together the stories of their lives they want to leave behind as a legacy,” said Enright.

Clear Captions is a free program that is not based on age and provides phones capable of creating instant captions for those who have hearing disabilities.

“If you’re hard of hearing you get a telephone that you can read,” said Enright.

Mature Transitions helps seniors sell their homes.

“They are specialists in selling those homes and the whole process of downsizing,” said Enright.

More information about the Stillaguamish Senior Center and their events is available at stillycenter.org.

 

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