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  2008 Press Releases  

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 8, 2008

"Senior Day" at the Illinois State Fair is set for Monday, August 11
Special seminars, entertainment, and information on state programs and benefits for seniors will be available

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) will host "Senior Day" at the Illinois Building during the State Fair in Springfield on Monday, August 11. The air-conditioned building, which is near the main gate on the state fairgrounds, is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission is free on “Senior Day” for people 60 years of age and older.

Some special happenings are set for "Senior Day". The first is a seminar at 10:15 a.m. called Understanding Fibromyalgia a chronic widespread pain condition, followed by a performance by singer Monica Hay at 11:15 a.m. Seniors will take stage at 1:00 p.m., to compete during the 2008 Illinois State Senior Spelling Bee.

"Senior Day" marks a perfect opportunity for State Fair attendees to learn more about the programs and services offered by the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA).

"We’re looking forward to a great week of fun while offering seniors and their families a chance to learn about the Department on Aging. There will also be staff on hand to explain the programs offered through the State such as the Governor’s prescription drug program, Illinois Cares Rx, in-home care programs, elder abuse prevention tips, and much more," said IDoA Director Charles D. Johnson.

Entertainment in the Illinois Building will highlight each day of the State Fair, which runs August 8-17. Some of this year’s fun includes an amateur senior talent show August 9. (The full list of entertainment and activities at the Illinois Building Auditorium is attached.)

St. John's Hospital, Illinois Pharmacists Association, the Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois, the Illinois Optometric Association, and the Illinois Lion’s Club has teamed with IDoA to provide free health screenings each day, including:

  • Body Composition
  • Bone Density (Osteoporosis)
  • Blood Pressure
  • Blood Sugar/Glucose **offered August 8, 9, 11, 13 and 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.**
  • Cholesterol **offered August 8, 9, 11, 13 and 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.**
  • Diabetic Eye Testing
  • Health/Weight
  • Hearing
  • Heart Risk Assessments
  • Mental Health
  • Overactive Bladder
  • Pulmonary Function
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Skin Cancer (Derman Scan) **offered August 11 & 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.**
  • Stroke
Representatives from various state agencies and private companies will also be on hand during the entire fair to provide information about services they provide to older people. They include:
  • Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s Office
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
  • Illinois Bee Keepers
  • Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
  • Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
  • Illinois Department of Employment Security
  • Illinois Department of Human Services
  • Illinois Department of Public Health
  • Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs
  • Illinois Optometric Association
  • Illinois Lion’s Club
  • Illinois Lt. Governor Pat Quinn’s Office
  • Illinois Pharmacists Association
  • Illinois State Employees Retirees Association
  • Prairie Heart Institute
  • Scooter Bug
  • Secretary of State Jesse White’s Office
  • U.S. Social Security
  • Watkins Home Products

For more information about the Department on Aging program services, call the Department on Aging Senior HelpLine at 1-800-252-8966 or 1-888-206-1327 TTY for the hearing impaired.

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Auditorium Entertainment Schedule - Illinois Building (PDF)


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