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Nursing students to lead free health fairs for seniors

RELEASED: March 9, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire nursing students, in partnership with Oakwood Homes and London Square apartments in Eau Claire, will provide two free health care fairs for seniors in March. The fairs will be held from 9-11 a.m. March 23 in the community room of Oakwood Homes Apartments, 3802 Damon St.; and from 9-11 a.m. March 24 in the community room of London Square Apartments, 3300 London Road.

The health fairs, which are free and open to the community, will include familiar health topics as well as new ones, including a demonstration of how Nintendo Wii software can be used for exercise, flexibility and balance. There also will be blood pressure screenings; a demonstration on hand massage; information on how to get a good night's sleep; and suggestions for how to exercise your mind and body.

"This is a great opportunity for seniors to learn something that can help them achieve better health and have fun doing it," said Ginny Close, manager of both apartment complexes. "It's really a win-win because the student nurses also get to experience working with seniors, especially seniors who are living independently. Their needs are different from people in nursing homes."

The health fairs were developed as a way for nursing students in the class "Nursing Practice in Health and Illness" to complete a health education project. UW-Eau Claire clinical instructors and registered nurses Katherine German-Olson and Diane Marcyjanik, who are teaching the class, will supervise the students at the fairs.

For more information about the health fairs, contact Katherine German-Olson at 715-836-5000 or germanka@uwec.edu or Diane Marcyjanik at 715-836-4012 or marcyjdl@uwec.edu.

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