By Senator Patty Ritchie
It’s no secret that across the United States, people are living longer. Not only are they living longer, according to recent studies, they are also living healthier, too.
After studying 90,000 Americans over an 18-year period, Harvard University researchers concluded that as a population, elderly people are remaining more healthy into their later years. While the findings don’t determine what’s at the root of the improved well-being, there’s reason to believe that staying active, eating right and keeping good health-related habits could be the cause.
I’m pleased to announce that in an effort to provide seniors with tips and tools for improving both their health, and their happiness, I will be hosting my annual Senior Health and Wellness Fairs in the coming months.
In Jefferson County, the event will take place on September 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Watertown Fairgrounds Arena.
In Oswego County, the fair will take place on October 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fulton War Memorial and in St. Lawrence County, it will take place on October 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ogdensburg Oddfellows.
The free events will feature information, health checks and giveaways – all aimed at helping seniors stay healthy and active.
Last year, nearly 2,000 seniors in Central and Northern New York attended my Senior Health and Wellness fairs.
Not only did they provide a chance for area seniors to obtain information from organizations that can help them live their lives to the fullest, it was a great opportunity for me to visit and hear their thoughts on ways to make living in New York State a better experience.
I look forward to doing that once again this year.
Making a habit of eating healthy, exercising and getting regular checkups are important during all stages of life, but they’re especially important for our seniors.
If you’re a senior looking to improve your health, I encourage you to attend one of my upcoming seniors fairs.
See you there!