Healthy aging is focus of Senior Fair

The Southington Senior Fair was held at Lincoln College of New England Oct. 25. Organizer Nancy Frede said attendance at the event was “staggered,” with people trickling in throughout the day.

The college had a heavy presence at the fair. Representatives from the school were present to administer blood pressure checks and oral screenings.

Dental student Grace Salerno said that oral health is tied to physical health, especially as people age. “If you stay true to your teeth, they won’t be false to you,” she said.

Alana Davis, co-president of the school’s Health and Nutrition Club, stressed the importance of portion sizes and finding nutritious substitutes for unhealthy foods.

She said these issues are important for seniors because many have conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes that can be exacerbated by poor nutritional choices.

Many elderly people are not aware that they can buy healthy meals on a budget, especially if they are Social Security recipients, added co-president Carrie Miles.

Kailee Conrad, a dietitian at the Southington ShopRite further detailed the importance of making smart dietary decisions in a seminar called “Healthy Eating on a Budget.”

She said seniors need to commit to “sticking to their shopping budget and sticking to a healthy diet.”

Frede said several of the presentations were well-attended, but she had hoped for higher turnout for others.

One of the seminars that did draw a good size crowd was her own talk about how people over 50 can find jobs.

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