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Morgan Lyons

May 18, 2004

Area seniors celebrate at DART

More than 400 senior citizens visited DART Headquarters on May 12 for entertainment, fellowship and health checkups as part of the agency's 10th Annual Older Americans Information and Health Fair.

The free event is part of DART's celebration of Older Americans Month. Seniors received eye exams, hearing exams and blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol checks. They also enjoyed a dance and vocal performance and had ample time to socialize.

Seniors sing 'God Bless America' during DART's 10th Annual Older Americans Health and Information Fair.
Seniors sing "God Bless America" during DART's 10th Annual Older Americans Health and Information Fair.
Maggie Bush, a seventy-two year old from the Martin Luther King Community Center, has attended the DART health fair for the last three years. "I really enjoy coming to the health fair, seeing old friends and meeting new people," she said. "The information I receive is very useful."

More than 40 organizations were on hand to provide health services, giveaways, drawings and information on a broad array of topics - transportation services, health issues, fire and personal safety, social services and pet adoption. John McCaa, WFAA- TV (Channel 8) anchor, was this year's special guest.

"The fair was a great success," said Jessica Lennon, DART's supervisor of Transit Education Outreach. "Seniors received quality-of-life-information and enjoyed one another's company. We take great pride in serving this valued segment of DART customers."

Participating organizations included: AARP, American Stroke Association, Dallas Public Library, La Voz del Anciano, Mobility On Wheels, Vision Travel, American Red Cross, Dallas Fire and Rescue, Cataract Institute of Texas, Social Security Administration, Texas Silver-Haired Legislature, Sam's Club, Ozarka and many others.

"We had a really good response; we've seen quite a few seniors who haven't had their blood pressure checked for a while," said Ryan Eason of Medical City Heart. "And we've seen some with high blood pressure; nothing alarming, thankfully, but it's good that these folks had the opportunity to find that out before it became serious."

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