In honor of "Senior Citizens Month," Long Beach Community Hospital .(LBCH) conducted a one-day series of tours of its Adult Day Gare,Audiology and Cancer Detection Centers last month.
Free transportation was provided from the Senior Center in Long Beach to the hospital. Once there, seniors received free hemoceult slides, learned the benefits of getting a comprehensive cancer examination, witnessed a session of the Adult Day Care Center (an alternative to full-time confinement in a nursing home), were advised to have their hearing tested by a reputable audioiogist before purchasing a hearing aid, and were instructed on proper dietary and exercise routines. Refreshments were also served.
"We had very positive comments from tour participants," said Denise Severson, director of the hospital's Community Outreach program, "but the most often heard comment was that they didn't realize there were so many programs based here at Community for preventive health care."
For more information about these programs and about aging in general, call the LBCH Geriatrics Dept, (213) 597-2155, and ask for the free health guide for elders and their families entitled "Aging and You."