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Pacific Provides Important Health Evaluations for Senior Citizens

May  31, 2007

More than 50 Bay Area seniors have a greater reason to smile, thanks to a health fair provided by the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. In celebration of Older Americans Month, Pacific's Student Community Outreach for Public Education (SCOPE) organization hosted its 13th annual Senior Smiles Health Fair on May 12. The event provided an opportunity for senior citizens to receive free dental screenings and health evaluations.

Pacific students and faculty, along with volunteers from the Community Health Resource Center - an affiliate of California Pacific Medical Center - created various stations for seniors to receive complimentary oral health evaluations, nutrition counseling, blood pressure, bone density, glucose and cholesterol testing and chiropractic evaluations.

"The ratio of student volunteers to senior guests is what really made this year's event a success," said Chrystle Cu, Class of 2008 and SCOPE President. "We were able to pair each senior with their own student escort who helped them navigate the stations. This one-on-one interaction allowed the seniors to feel comfortable enough to share any medical or social information that might impact recommendations for their health care."

Several neighborhood merchants also contributed to the outreach effort by supplying complimentary refreshments for fair participants. The sponsors for the event include: Peet's Coffee & Tea, La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill, La Méditerranée, Tully's Coffee, Costco Wholesale, Captain Submarine, Noah's Bagels and Trader Joe's.

Category Type: Community Outreach

Contact:  Office of Public Relations, 415.929.6434, pr@pacific.edu