A decade of

Ed Schuetrum, left, gains information from Curt Carlisle, an occupational therapy assistant, Wednesday during Chapel Ridge’s 10th-annual Health & Wellness Fair at the assisted living facility on St. Francis Drive in Bradford.

Over the past decade, seniors who include Ed Schuetrum have visited Chapel Ridge’s Health & Wellness Fair not only for the free health screenings and other services, but also for the delicious lunch served to participants, courtesy of C.A. Curtze Co.

The 10th-annual fair was sponsored by Chapel Ridge’s parent organization, Bradford Ecumenical Home, in partnership with the United Way of the Bradford Area and typically attracts 100 seniors, or more, said Nicole Wells, Chapel Ridge administrator. Wells said health screenings and other informational services were provided by approximately 40 vendors, including Allegheny Vein and Vascular, BRMC SMART Clinic and Genesis Rehabilitation Services. The event is offered to the community as “statistics show that seniors who are well-informed about potential health issues can control them and live a longer, healthier life.”

As several vendors had set up their displays on the outside patio of the assisted living facility on St. Francis Drive, Wells admitted that she had been “crossing her fingers for the weather” to be cooperative, which turned out to be the case.

Linda Howard, a nurse and spokesperson at Chapel Ridge, said the event continues to grow each year and attracts seniors from Bradford and its surrounding communities.

Schuetrum is a Bradford senior citizen who has made it a point to visit the fair each year for the various screenings. Following his visit to the event, he also stops at the Ecumenical Home to visit a relative.

When asked what he likes best about the Health & Wellness Fair, Schuetrum replied, “I like the camaraderie and the people I meet.

“It’s a great place to come and eat the food, too,” Schuetrum added.

Curt Carlisle, an occupational therapist assistant at the event with Genesis Rehab Services, was offering the 30-second leg stand rise (from a seated position in a chair) to participants.

“We’ve had quite a few people come through” and try the screening, Carlisle said. “If someone couldn’t do this, or falls below the perimeters” advice for therapy could be provided.

Other vendors on-hand at the fair included Pharmerica, RC Hearing, 360 Care, BRMC Meals on Wheels, Lincare, PennHighlands Community Nurses, Kane Dental, Bradford Area Senior Center, Integrated Family Hearing, Amerihealth PA., Generations, Julie Mader — Artist in Residence, Alzheimer’s Association, Bradford Area Public Library, Penndoc Foot & Ankle Center, Bradford City Fire Department, UPMC Hamot, Bradford Family YMCA, YWCA Bradford, American Red Cross, VNA of Northwestern PA, DaVita, Penn State Extension — Nutrition Links, The Pavilion, OHS Medicare Apprise, Phoenix Rehab, Blindness & Visual Services, McKean County State Health Center, McKean Co. Veterans Affairs/Services, It’s Never Too Late, and Kelli Anderson, registered dietician.

(Contact reporter Kate Day Sager at kates_th@yahoo.com. Follow her on Twitter, @OTHKate)