Rite Aid holding a free health and wellness fair for Birmingham seniors

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Wednesday is National Senior Citizens Day and Rite Aid is celebrating by offering a free health and wellness fair for local seniors.

On August 21 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. area seniors can attend the fair at the East Pinson Valley Recreation Center, 3000 Jefferson State Parkway on the campus of Jefferson State Community College.

The free event features health screenings, immunizations, seminars, games and lunch.

You can read the the full release below.

 

RITE AID TO HONOR BIRMINGHAM SENIORS ON NATIONAL SENIOR CITIZENS DAY – AUGUST 21

Jefferson County Office of Senior Citizen Services, Youth in Aging and Birmingham Parks and Recreation

Join with Rite Aid to Promote Senior Wellness 

Birmingham, AL – August 19, 2013 – Rite Aid announced today that it will celebrate National Senior Citizens Day in Birmingham with a free health and wellness fair for local seniors on August 21 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the East Pinson Valley Recreation Center, 3000 Jefferson State Parkway on the campus of Jefferson State Community College. The event, which features health screenings, immunizations, seminars, games and lunch, is completely free to area seniors.

“We’re so pleased to partner with the Jefferson County Office of Senior Citizen Services, Youth in Aging and the Birmingham Department of Parks and Recreation to honor area seniors,” said Rite Aid District Manager Michael Seesholtz. “Like Rite Aid, these organizations are committed to helping seniors live healthy and active lives, not only on National Senior Citizens Day, but year round.”

Seniors attending the event will receive free screenings for high blood pressure, diabetes risk, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and free tests for cholesterol, glucose (or A1C if already diagnosed with diabetes)  and bone density. Flu and pneumonia vaccinations will be available while supplies last and are covered by most insurance plans including Medicare Part B.

Each senior will also have the opportunity for a consultation with a Rite Aid pharmacist to review current medications and other immunization needs and to sign up for wellness65+, Rite Aid’s free senior loyalty program. The event also includes a variety of games plus informative seminars on relevant topics like “Medicare 101” and “Your Home Medicine Cabinet,” and all seniors will receive lunch and a gift bag with samples and information, courtesy of Rite Aid.

“We are equally pleased to partner with Rite Aid,” said Mrs. Derry Johnson, Interim Executive Director of the Jefferson County Office of Senior Citizens. “This event aligns with the mission of the Jefferson County Office of Senior Citizen Services, which is to plan, coordinate and offer services to help support older adults in their quest for wellness and self-sufficiency.”

Rite Aid is coming to Birmingham as part of a national tour to help seniors become aware of its new wellness65+ program which offers unique services and benefits for seniors including exclusive sale pricing, +UP Rewards, 24/7 access to a Rite Aid pharmacist online or by phone, and the opportunity to earn points toward becoming a gold, silver or bronze member. wellness65+ Wednesdays, a benefit available only to wellness65+ members, are held the first Wednesday of each month at every Rite Aid store nationwide. On these days, all wellness65+ members receive 20 percent off all qualifying purchases. In addition, each wellness65+ Wednesday features wellness activities, such as free health screenings, valuable health information and other special offers. For information on other Rite Aid tour stops in Birmingham, visit www.facebook.com/riteaid.

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