Friday’s health, wellness fair focuses on seniors, caregivers in Northern Berkshire


NORTH ADAMS -- Members of the Berkshire County health care community have organized the Health and Wellness Fair for older adults and caregivers. Friday’s event will feature about 40 different health care entities.

The free fair is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Elizabeth’s of Hungary Parish Center on St. Anthony Drive in North Adams.

"Because of all the health care changes in North County, we thought this would be a good idea to help people better understand the new health care landscape," said Kira Breard, event organizer and account executive at Amedisys Home Health Services. "We hope for a fun community day -- educational, but fun too."

"We hope this will be a resourceful event to help empower older adults with their health care decisions," said Denise Vigna, admissions and marketing coordinator for the Craneville Place Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center in Dalton.

Amedysis and Sugar Hill Senior Living Community are sponsors of the fair.

Exhibitors at the fair include the following:

-- Visiting nurse associations: Amedysis, Gentiva, Porchlight, Berkshire Visiting Nurses.

-- Skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities and senior living communities: Sweetbrook and Sweetwood, EPOCH Assisted Living, Sugar Hill Senior Living Community, Craneville Place and Springside Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Centers, North Adams and Williamstown Commons.

-- Home care services: At Home TLC, Elder Services, MountainView Home Care, Sugar Hill at Home, Molari, Home Instead.

-- Hospice organizations: Hospice of Western Massachusetts, Hospice of the Berkshires.

-- Councils on Aging: North Adams, Williamstown, Adams.

-- Financial advisers: True North, Edward Jones

Other organizations on hand will be the Alzheimer’s Association, Supportive Day Program in Pittsfield, MS Resource Center, Caregiver Resource Book, Caregiver Homes, Wound Care Center in Pittsfield, AdLib, Southern Vermont Medical Center, St. Vincent de Paul, the Nutrition Center and the Friendship Center. Attorneys Jim Sisto and Paula Almgren will also be represented.

A continental brunch will be provided and participants can enter to win a variety of raffle prizes.

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