From blood pressure and cholesterol to diabetes tests, the WISE Senior Center has the Uptown community covered. Over the past three years, since the Senior Center’s inception, the hospital has offered free health screenings to local residents every month.
“They’re beneficial because they show if you’re at risk for heart disease, diabetes or stroke,” says Abby Lochotzki, senior services coordinator. Lochotzki organizes many of the screenings and travels to health fairs throughout the community to educate people on how to keep track of and maintain their health.
Regular health screenings can reveal secrets about your health that you might not realize until too late. They also give your physician the opportunity to monitor and follow up on your results.
The Weiss screenings happen on various days throughout the month. Typically, Lochotzki says, 20 to 30 people arrive to get tested.
The cholesterol screenings take place on the second Wednesday of the month from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. A fat-like substance found in cells and blood, cholesterol occurs naturally in the human body, and is also contained in certain foods. Too much cholesterol can damage blood vessels and the heart, and lead to heart attack or stroke.
Blood sugar screenings are offered during Diabetic Day, on the third Thursday of every month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Out of control blood sugar levels can indicate diabetes—a chronic disease that affects a person’s entire body, from heart to kidneys to eyes. It can lead to stroke, limb amputation and heart disease if left untreated.
Blood pressure screenings happen on the last Tuesday of every month from 1 to 3 p.m. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can damage the heart, blood vessels and kidneys.
Finding out if you’re at risk for any one of these conditions through early screenings will only benefit you in the long run, and save you time, energy and money.
“They’re a good way to keep people informed of their health, free of charge,” Lochotzki says.