PASADENA, Texas — Area seniors will have the opportunity to receive free health screenings and vaccines at the 2022 Senior Wellness Expo hosted by San Jacinto College on Friday, Nov. 11. This wellness event hosted from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. will have a special twist in that it will also honor area veterans for Veterans Day.
"The Senior Wellness Expo is an annual event hosted by the Continuing & Professional Development Community Engagement Department, featuring community service providers distributing information regarding community health and wellness resources designed for senior citizens," said Dr. Janice Sullivan, dean of community engagement, CPD. "We will have fun fitness demonstrations, informative speakers regarding topics important to senior citizens, free health screenings, and vaccines."
San Jac is hosting this wellness expo in partnership with area partners, which will hold individual screenings, vaccines, or demonstrations. Partners include Hegwood Law Group, MAB Insurance Agency, Humana MarketPoint, Molina Healthcare, Morada Deer Park, PAM Rehab, HEB, New Orleans Seafood Kitchen Deer Park, ABC Dental, Houston Methodist, BakerRipley, Houston Hospice, Oak Street Health, United Way, Harris County Precinct 2, Walgreens, DeBakey Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Texas Chiropractic College, EXP Realty, Legacy Community Health, Kelsey Siebold Pointer Study, Community Health Network, Harris County Tax Office, and more.
Residents age 55 and older are invited to participate in this free event that will also feature giveaways and food. San Jacinto police will be on hand to assist with any parking congestion issues, and the event is wheelchair and walker accessible.
"Seniors should attend the wellness expo because this is a unique opportunity to learn about resources and activities that can ensure happy, healthy living for the rest of their lives," said Sullivan. "It also provides a safe environment for networking and strengthening their social network. Research has proven that socializing during the senior years assists in increase longevity and life fulfillment. The wellness expo is going to be a fun event with long-term benefits."
At the event, veterans will be honored with a Wall of Honor, which will feature pictures of veterans and note cards for participants to write a brief message. Veterans will be gifted Americana-themed, framed artwork and a flag pin. The Beta Academy, a Houston charter school led by Darla Miller, will perform a few anthems for veterans. The Dobie High School Air Force ROTC, led by SM Sgt. Everett B. Valdez, TXANG (ret), will present the colors during the opening ceremony.
Featured speakers will discuss such important topics as:
Four buses have been reserved to transport senior citizens to and from the event. Buses will depart from the following local community centers:
To reserve your event ticket and/or save your place on a bus, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 281-478-3672 (Opt. 1). Mark your calendar now and plan to join your fellow veterans and residents at this free senior wellness expo on Friday, Nov. 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, evolving industries, maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has served the people of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. San Jacinto College is among the top five community colleges in the nation, as designated by the Aspen Institute for Community College Excellence in 2021, and was named an Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction in 2020. The College is a Hispanic-Serving Institution that spans five campuses, serving approximately 41,000 credit and non-credit students annually. It offers more than 200 degrees and certificates across eight major areas of study that put students on a path to transfer to four-year institutions or enter the workforce. San Jacinto College's impact on the region totals $1.3 billion in added income, which supports 13,044 jobs. The College is fiscally sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor's and Moody's