JACKSON TWP.  The David YMCA in Jackson Township held its 8th annual Senior Health and Wellness Day on May 10. The event usually draws more than 200 local seniors who enjoy a free lunch (provided this year by Bethany Nursing Home), exercise, health screenings, local health care vendors and plenty of socialization and good times.

“The event is open to seniors from around the area,” said Sue McFarland, senior programmer at David YMCA. “We try to offer a variety of activities and games with prizes to try to make our event just a bit different than other health fairs. Some of the new vendors we have this year include Southern Care Hospice, Canton Regency, Mata Mediterranean Grill, Home Instead Senior Care, Briar Creek Lodge and Greenview Assisted Living."

One of the big events of this year’s event was the naming and awarding the winner of the JR Bath raffle for a new shower/tub remodel. The company held a year-long raffle starting with last year’s Senior Health and Wellness Day at the Jackson YMCA.

They took the raffle with them all year to various fairs and festivals, including the Great Big Home and Garden Show in Cleveland and county fairs across Northeast Ohio. The winner was Lois LaMacchia of Jackson Township.

“Our winner actually entered the drawing last year at this event, so we thought it would be fun to award the prize at this year’s event,” said owner JR Weddell.

LaMacchia said she was thrilled to win the prize which is valued at $7,000 to $8,000.

One of the medical groups providing free health screenings was Mercy Cardiovascular Institute was doing free blood pressure checks.

“While everyone’s blood pressure is different, a normal base line is 120/70," said Alexis Louive, an RN with Mercy. “Most people with high blood pressure can help lower it by talking with their doctor about modifying their diet and taking the appropriate medications. It’s important to check one’s blood pressure regularly and to log the readings to give to the doctor so he or she can see the different trends."

The 43 vendors were setup all over the YMCA from early morning to early afternoon. Participants could enter a chance to win one of the many door prizes provided by the vendors.

“The seniors enjoy the event and all of the activities. They can gather information here on just about any topic they can think of and they enjoy the chance to socialize with our vendors and their friends,” McFarland said.