Health Watch: Senior and Caregiver Fair

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Fairbanks Resource Agency took an extra step toward making it easier for seniors to find resources within the community Wednesday afternoon.

This has been the second year Fairbanks Resource Agency has hosted this event.

The non-profit's mission is to show the community what resources are available, and showcase some of the support systems that people may not have heard of before.

FRA has held community discussions to address where the needs are in the senior and caregiver community and wanted to host an event where they could collaborate together in one place.

Program coordinator with the Fairbanks Resource Agency, Karen Edmonds spoke about how this year has been successful and what she hopes for in the future.

"This year we have had more traffic, so we do have more families coming in who came in last year and just getting the word out has been successful and hopefully we can make this an annual event."

At the event there were volunteers who provided free health screenings and seniors were able to receive hearing and vision tests among many other things.

There were housing, independent living agencies and in home support groups giving out information as well.

Edmonds said, "Planning ahead for the future, is something that a lot of people maybe avoid doing but it's necessary and just getting in touch with resources ahead of time."

Edmonds went on to say, that it took a lot of effort from different agencies to make this happen again this year.

She is hopeful that more agencies can come out next year to be a part of this event.

If you missed out on this year’s event you can always pick up information at The Fairbanks Resource Agency located at 805 Airport Way. Or call Karen Edmonds at 907-456-8901 for more information.