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Wellness fair at Blaisdell offers screening for seniors


Aging in place will be one of the special topics discussed at the 17th annual PrimeTime Wellness Fair on April 7.

Major sponsors of the free event include First Hawaiian Bank, Kua­kini Health System, the city Department of Parks and Recreation and HMSA.

The fair runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. Dr. Rita­belle Fernandes of Kua­kini will lead a session on "Aging in Place Ways to Adapt Your Home for Your Needs" from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. in the Pikake Room. Her talk will be followed by a session from 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. on annuities and "Protecting Your Retirement Nest Egg" with Kehau Shayler of First Hawaiian Bank’s Wealth Advisory Serv­ices Division.

Randall Ito of Ito Healthcare Group will lead a third session, "Delivery of Care to Hawaii’s Frail Elderly," from 11:15 a.m. to noon.

Following the opening ceremony at 8:15 a.m., activities on the main stage include Na Kupuna o Makua Ali‘i from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m., warm-up stretches with Gene Corpuz from 9:45 to 10:15 a.m., a cooking demonstration with chef Carol Nardello of Kapiolani Community College from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., and bingo starting at noon. The grand door prize will be announced at 12:45 p.m.

Free document shredding will be provided by Access Information Management, with drop-off of no more than two banker-type boxes taking place on Ward Avenue. Complimentary notary serv­ices of up to two documents per household will be offered by Mobile Notary.

In addition, dozens of health care, human serv­ice, recreation and government agencies and businesses will have booths providing free health screenings and information on colorectal cancer, assisting living, elder abuse, Meals on Wheels, hospice care and other topics of interest to seniors.

For information, call 844-4444.

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