Western University Brings Health Care Closer to Home For Attendees of Seniors Fair
October 25, 2001
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In an effort to ease the shortage of specialized health care for the
Inland Valley’s elderly population, Western University of Health Sciences’
student chapter of the American Geriatric Society (AGS), in conjunction
with the Pomona Community Health Action Team (PCHAT), is holding
the “”Western University Seniors Health Fair,”” on Saturday, November 10,
from 9 a.m. to noon.
Students and physicians from the university’s colleges of Pharmacy, Allied Health Professions, Graduate Nursing and Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
(COMP) will provide health screening for attendees in a variety of
areas including bone density, pulmonary efficiency, balance, nutrition,
drug therapy management and fitness. The fair also will feature
entertainment, refreshments and raffle tickets for an array of prizes that
will be distributed to each attendee.
“”The fair will address the major needs and concerns of our elderly
community in an atmosphere that is personable, compassionate and fun,””
said second-year COMP student and event coordinator Shauna Yates. “”Members
of the geriatric population need to see their health care providers in a
positive light and not as a source of frustration.””
Dr. Ehab Tuppo, AGS faculty adviser and assistant professor of geriatrics
and internal medicine at COMP, said he sees the fair as an excellent
opportunity to address a national dilemma.
“”Currently, there are only 8,000 physicians specialized to work with the
nation’s 33 million elderly. Statistically, the U.S. needs around
24,000,”” Dr. Tuppo said. “”Not only are we providing services in a manner
that is often unavailable, but we are helping to make geriatric health
care a cognizant concept for those who attend.””
Get About Transportation is available to give round-trip rides to the
event for less than $1. For more information about the Western University
Seniors Health Fair, contact Dr. Ehab Tuppo, at (909) 469-5599 or the
Media Relations department at (909) 469-5360.