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Senior Center Plans Earth Day, Health Fair

The month of April is a busy one at the senior center and two events look to be very popular.

Christine Crawford, social works student at the University of Connecticut, this year is initiating an event to celebrate Earth Day on April 22.

“I created the event because I noticed there was a courtyard in the senior center that hasn’t been used,” said Crawford. “I figured planting a little garden would be a nice event for the seniors to have on this day.”

So far 6 people have signed up, but more seniors can sign-up at the center. Cost is $2 for one person, $3 for two people and $5 for three people. Funds offset costs for plants.

“I asked them and they want vegetables and possibly some flowers,” said Crawford. “We still need to decide exactly what we will grow.”

The planting will take place at 10:30 a.m. At 12:45 p.m. the movie “The Secret Garden” will be shown.

“I’m hoping the garden can be worked on daily or become a weekly activity they can keep up with through the summer,” Crawford said.

Crawford added that she will be at the senior center for 3 days a week until the end of May and 1 day a week through the end of August to help with the garden.

The New Britain Health Department’s Annual Health Fair has been set for the next day Wednesday, April 23.

Elaine Jeffreys, LPN, said about 50-100 seniors show up for the event that features cholesterol screenings, bone density tests, glucose screenings, blood pressure tests and even Reiki healing.

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by lying on hands and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then people are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, people are more capable of being happy and healthy.

“There will be different community organizations and each one does something different,” said Jeffreys. “Cholesterol screenings are popular because they are free and cost $5 to $10 elsewhere.”

Also popular is balance screening done by Jerome Home.

“The big TRIAD Health Fair is about promoting businesses,” said Jeffreys. “My idea is to bring as many techs as I can and make them free of charge.”

Seniors do not need to register in advance. They can just come in that day and do whatever tests they are interested in.

“There is not one table people don’t like,” added Jeffreys.

The New Britain Senior Center is located at 55 Pearl St., For more information call 860-826-3553.