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Western University Brings Health Care Closer to Home For Attendees of Seniors Fair

by Rodney Tanaka

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.


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