Thomasville Times Enterprise


April 11, 2014

Health screenings beneficial for seniors

THOMASVILLE — Archbold Memorial Hospital will be providing free health screenings at the Butler-Mason YMCA Gymnasium on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. until noon. The health screenings are considered very beneficial for senior citizens.

Archbold provides free screenings for cholesterol and glucose, blood pressure, BMI, and kidney and pulmonary function.

Don Demsher, 73, of Thomasville, capitalized on  a screening at the YMCA last year. During a simple blood test, it was discovered that he had high calcium levels due to a parathyroid condition.

“If it hadn’t have been for the health screening that day, the high calcium levels wouldn’t have been caught until later at my next physical, which wasn’t until 2014. Ultimately, it could have lead to further complications,” said Demsher.

After the health screening, Demsher went to his doctor and surgery was scheduled to correct the problem.

Today, he is doing well and a regular at the YMCA, where he can be found working out most mornings.

He said, “I highly recommend any senior citizen to attend.”

The morning will consist of a free health fair, refreshments and door prizes. It is open to the whole community, including non-members.

Fitness classes will also be available, including yoga, chair yoga, AquaFit, Zumba Gold and SilverSneakers. Classes will be held in the Multipurpose room.

Along with Demsher, Tom Everett, CEO of Thomasville YMCA, is also encouraging senior citizens to participate in the health screenings on Tuesday.

He said, “The YMCA takes great interest in serving senior adults. One of the main goals of this event is to make seniors aware that high quality services are available right here in our community to support their well-being.”

For more information on Senior Health & Fitness Day, contact Kim Smith at (229) 226-3446.


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