Drayson Center senior health and fitness fair draws more than 1,000 visitors
Teri Pantaleo (left) and Willie Stewart played key roles in organizing the senior fair.
The fourth annual Senior Health and Fitness Fair was held at Loma Linda University Drayson Center on September 8. More than 1,000 seniors attended the morning event, which lasted from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Special discounts for senior memberships at Drayson Center, as well as other services, were available on that day only.
With nearly 50 booths from various campus and community health organizations and vendors on hand, the student lounge and hallway entrance to Drayson Center were filled to capacity.
“We were so busy the entire time,” recalls Romy Niblack, Drayson Center senior coordinator. “It was crowded the entire time.” Ms. Niblack worked in cooperation with Teri Pantaleo, Just for Seniors and PossAbilities coordinator, and Willie Stewart, PossAbilities coordinator.
The International Heart Institute provided blood pressure screening for seniors attending the fair.
event, which included health lectures, demonstrations, tours, raffles, and refreshments, was jointly planned by the Drayson Center senior advisory and planning committee (SAPC) and the Just for Seniors (JFS) program, headquartered on the campus of Loma Linda University Medical Center–East Campus.
“It was definitely a team effort,” explains Ms. Niblack. “We made joint decisions.” The JFS program was particularly instrumental in the area of publicity, creating and distributing articles, as well as producing and displaying posters throughout the community and putting up a banner over Anderson Street.
Efforts were made to be as efficient as possible. For instance, SAPC members set up the tables in the booth areas ahead of time, taking photos of the layout to refer to later
Free massages were one of the most popular areas frequented by fair attendees.
Care was taken to ensure that similar organizations were not placed next to each other.
“Our vendors were pleased,” says Ms. Niblack. “Many of them have already said they plan to be here again next year.”
To encourage the seniors to visit as many booths and events as possible, they were given a card upon entering, which required them to have their cards stamped by lecturers, booth operators, and others.
At the end of the morning, a drawing of these cards was held. A plasma television and refrigerator were given away.
In addition, each of the organizations who rented a booth were asked to provide a prize for drawings throughout the morning. The names of winners were posted near the entrance, where a table contained the gifts.
Drayson Center posted a record day for income fro
Seniors could try out specifically designed aerobic classes at Drayson Center.
m new memberships and renewals for the senior wellness program.
More than 1,000 seniors now belong to the senior wellness program, which offers a special reduced rate for use of the facility between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. weekdays, as well 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sundays.
The senior wellness program is one of many programs where Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center (LLUAHSC) entities reach out to the community. In addition to special senior rates, the members of this program enjoy a number of senior-friendly classes and activities. “A major goal of our senior wellness program,” says Donald Sease, MBA, director of Drayson Center, “ is to keep our senior population healthy, happy, and independent.”
By Larry Kidder, MA
A record number of seniors turned out for the annual Senior Health and Fitness Fair held Friday, September 8, at Loma Linda University Drayson Center.
Many areas of Loma Linda University Health Care were represented at the Senior Health and Fitness Fair. Here, representatives from physical medicine and rehabilitation provide information for seniors.
Many community groups serving seniors were represented at the fair.
Romy Niblack (center) poses with members of her volunteer team of seniors who helped make the Senior Health and Fitness Fair a success. The Drayson Center senior advisory and planning committee (SAPC) played a major role in making the Health and Fitness Fair a success.