SOARing to Healthy Heights

Citrus Heights, CA (MPG)  |  By Elise Spleiss
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Students hold signs to help promote SOAR’s annual health fair. Photo courtesy SOAR

In the words of writer and activist Betty Friedan, “Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” Get ready to get healthy, stay healthy, or help others get healthy!

Citrus Height’s 9th annual nation award winning “SOAR to Healthy Heights” spring senior health fair is upon us again. The event has become an annual fixture in Citrus Heights. This year will bring everything you look for in a health fair and more.

The free event will take place on Thursday, May 12th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Citrus Heights Community Center, 6300 Fountain Square Drive, next to Sam’s Club.

Honorary Chair, County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan, will great attendees, setting the tone for a fun and informative day.

Wear your walking shoes and comfortable clothes. The four hours will go fast with 60 exhibitors dedicated to senior issues and concerns. Plan to join dance instructor Thomas Spencer at 9 a.m. for a good 30 minutes of rejuvenating chair exercises. At 10 a.m. enjoy a healthy 1.35 mile round trip walk from the Community Center to the Stock Ranch Nature Preserve and back.

Three workshops will give information on Fall Prevention along with Balance Assessment by specialist Kelly Ward; Senior Safety and Crime Prevention by Lt. Jason Russo, CHPD; and Becoming Dementia Aware and the Importance of Caregiving with “Dementia Whisperer” Laura Wayman.

At noon be sure to be seated and ready for a panel of experts answering questions and discussing all topics related to caregiving of all kinds.

Health screenings include blood pressure, diabetes, hearing, and vision testing.

All participants will receive a goodie bag provided by SAS Shoes.

Sponsors and partners include Neighborhood Area10, Arcade Creek Neighborhood 4, Northwest Neighborhood Area 1, Citrus Heights Lions, Republic Services, SMUD, and Sunrise Recreation and Park.

For more information contact Dr. Jayna Karpinski-costa at (916) 599-3647 or at