Senior events include free blood pressure checks

By Mindy Kearns - Special to the Register

MASON COUNTY — Senior citizens will be celebrating Mother’s Day at both Mason County senior centers, as well as observing National High Blood Pressure Education Month during May.

A Mother’s Day celebration, complete with cake and punch, will be Friday, May 6, at the Mason Senior Center, as well as the Gene Salem Senior Center in Point Pleasant. The event will begin at 10 a.m. at the Gene Salem center, and 10:30 a.m. at the Mason center.

Medi-Home Health will conduct blood pressure checks and have a presentation on Tuesday, May 3, 10:30 a.m., at the Point Pleasant center. Known as the “silent killer,” about 1 in 3 U.S. adults have high blood pressure, according to The Senior Scene, a monthly newsletter published by the Mason County Action Group Inc. High blood pressure makes the heart work too hard and increases the chance of a heart attack or stroke.

Pleasant Valley Hospital Home Health will present the program “End of Life Directives” at Mason on May 2 at 10:30 a.m., and at Point Pleasant on May 31 at 10 a.m. A SHIP presentation, “Medicare Notices and Appeals,” will be held May 25 in Mason, and May 27 in Point Pleasant, both at 11:30 a.m.

Other events scheduled at the Mason center include “Healthy Steps” exercise classes on May 4, 11, and 25 at 10:30 a.m. The class provides fun exercises that can be done even while seated. Regular activities set are bingo on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m., and music on Fridays at 10 a.m.

Guest speakers in Point Pleasant during May will include Derek Walker of the West Virginia State Auditor’s Office, who will present “Fraud Against Seniors” on May 17 at 10:30 a.m. Michael Chirico, Congressman Evan Jenkins’ representative, will be at the center from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on May 11, while a Veteran’s Administration representative will be there from noon to 2 p.m. on May 18.

Holzer Home Health Care will conduct blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol checks in Point Pleasant on May 24 at 10 a.m. Regular weekly activities planned are bingo on Mondays and Fridays, the Senior Citizen Country Band on Wednesdays, and church service on Thursdays, all at 10 a.m.

Both centers will be closed May 10 for election day and May 30 for Memorial Day.

For more information on the senior centers, or on lunches that are served each weekday, phone 304-675-2369.

By Mindy Kearns

Special to the Register

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing and lives in Mason County.

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing and lives in Mason County.