Barbara Fitzhugh from the St. John Thrift Store and Food Pantry, along with Vickie Walker from the Edmonson County Senior Pantry hosted a day of food, games, and information for Edmonson County residents that were 55 and older.
On Aug. 17, at the Brownsville Community Center, there were over 15 information booths set up which included Abney Amstutz Eye Centers, WKU Institute for Rural Health, Patton Funeral Home, A+ Family Health Care, BRADD, Priority 1 Medical Equipment, Alfords Pharmacy, Passport Insurance, Hospice, Hosparus Health, Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange Health Insurance, Community Action, Humane Society of Edmonson County, Senior Food Pantry, St. John Food Pantry, The Medical Center – Health Services and The Medical Center – Health Institute, and Edmonson County Conservation District Office. Seniors received information on health and eye care, services available for the blind, commodities, pet services and pet food, healthy eating ideas, diabetic shoes, terminally-ill comfort services and final arrangements, new laws on health insurance, and a variety of small useful household items.
The WKU Institute for Rural Health provided free cholesterol and blood sugar testing and EMS was on hand checking everyone’s blood pressure.
Over 75 seniors attended the event along with several community officials. Door prizes were provided by area vendors and a free lunch of hot dogs, chips, beans, corn, cake and a drink was served to everyone attending. The last event of the program was a game of Bingo, called by Edmonson County Judge/executive Wil Cannon.
Fitzhugh and Walker thanked all the vendors for their support and that without them the event could not have been such a success. They were pleased with the turnout and hoped that everyone was able to get some helpful information about a few of the services that are available to the Edmonson County senior citizens.