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McGill Health Fair

On Friday October 31, 2014, McGill Centre for Studies in Aging was invited by the department of Human Resources, McGill University to take part in their 4th Annual Health Fair. The Health Fair took place at the New Residence Hall, located at 3625 avenue du Parc, Montreal, Quebec, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The purpose of this fair was to promote the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle. This fair was open to all McGill Employees on Campus.

The McGill Centre for Studies in Aging was represented by Silvana Aguzzi, Margaret De Chazal, Segian Wang and Thomas Beaudry. We were equipped with two tables, symbolically draped with our McGill tablecloth (Re: top-left picture), proudly exposing both the McGill and McGill Centre for Studies in Aging logos. Margaret, our nurse who recently retired in April, came to volunteer and took blood pressures and answered all health questions. Both Thomas and Segian, invited participants to challenge their brain with various tests by trying P.O.N.D.E.R. , a free program aimed at preventing Neurodegenerative Diseases such as Dementia, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's and engaging them in a MOCA test. Our booth displayed three posters, an assortment of information on a variety of diseases associated to aging, flyers on our Centre, informing participants that attended our booth about who we were, about our clinic, our research, our services to the community and education opportunities offered as well to students.

The 4th Annual Health Fair was a great opportunity for the McGill Centre for Studies in Aging to gain exposure and to point out, who we are and what the Centre can offer to the community. Health fairs are a fantastic way for engaging communities in health awareness. The different booths/ stations offered to the employees, was a way for them to become aware of what is available to them and to learn more about their own health and how they can themselves begin to prevent some the age-related diseases by taking care of themselves. Prevention, the new major focus of aging research, highlights the need to make healthy changes early in life, in order to cut long-term healthcare costs in the future. This is also an opportunity for everyone to see all the neat ways to become involved on campus and in the community.