State lawmakers host senior health fairs in southern Ill.

Senior health fairs were held in Marion and Carbondale this week.
Published: Sep. 19, 2023 at 10:23 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 21, 2023 at 11:42 AM CDT
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SOUTHERN Ill. (KFVS) - Seniors in southern Illinois could attend two one-stop shops for health services.

State lawmakers hosted two free senior health fairs in one week, one in Marion and then in Carbondale.

The first fair was at The HUB Recreation Center on West Main Street in Marion on Tuesday, September 19. The second one was Wednesday, at the Carbondale Civic Center on South Illinois Avenue in Carbondale.

State lawmakers hosted senior health fairs in Southern Illinois.

“What’s really special about this event is we bring all these vendors in under one roof and these senior citizens get to see all of the services that they offer and a lot them see these services for the first time,” Sen. Dale Fowler told us.

More than 50 different vendors attended the Carbondale fair. They offered free screenings, helpful literature and contact with local senior service agencies.

Representative Paul Jacobs said these events allow senior citizens to get answers to their health-related questions.

“The absolute best thing that this does is allows people that are aging, getting a little bit more mature to come in ask questions that maybe their family doesn’t want to answer, maybe they don’t want to answer,” he said. “Aging is a difficult thing for all of us.”

Illinois State Senator Dale Fowler and Illinois State Representatives Paul Jacobs and Patrick Windhorst hosted the fairs.