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Free Wellness Clinics open to seniors starting in April

Washington Park Cares sponsors free Wellness Clinics
Washington Park Cares sponsors free Wellness Clinics

Washington Park Cares (WPC),a pioneering neighborhood nonprofit that promotes aging at home and offers assistance to residents in one of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods, is sponsoring free Wellness Clinics every Tuesday starting in April at two different locations.

The first launches on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Washington Street Community Center and repeats at this location on April 20 and every month on the first and third Tuesdays. The University Park United Methodist Church is the site for Wellness Clinics held on April 13 and April 27, at 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m, and every second and fourth Tuesday thereafter. No appointment is necessary.

Staffed by Registered Nurses from the Dominican Sisters Home Health Agency (DSHHA) of Denver, a Denver-based organization that provides a range of home health services, including a loan program for durable medical equipment, the Wellness Clinics offer blood pressure checks , blood glucose monitoring, heart-lung assessment, medication review and health education. Members of Washington Park Cares may call the services number for free transportation to the event. For information about membership, contact WPC. DSHHA provides seven other Wellness Clinics throughout metro Denver. These Clinics are a prevention and early intervention service offered at low income senior apartment buildings, senior community centers and senior facilities. In 2009, DSHHA provided over 6700 Wellness Clinic visits to the elder populations of metro Denver.

Elevated blood pressure and diabetes risk are prevalent among people over 65, especially those among those who do not regularly exercise or maintain a healthy diet and weight. Elevated blood pressure is one of the causes for heart disease, the number one cause of death in the U.S., and stroke, which ranks third. Consult the American Heart Association, which sponsors National Start Walking Day on April 7, and the American Diabetes Association for more information on prevention and treatment of these major disease conditions.

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