Monday, September 22, 2008

Care Improvement Plus Partners with Atlanta Regional Commission to Provide Preventive Services to Area Seniors

PRNewswire/ -- Care Improvement Plus, Georgia's largest state-wide Medicare Special Needs Plan for beneficiaries with chronic health conditions, today announced that it will be collaborating with the Atlanta Regional Commission's Sickness Prevention Achieved through Regional Collaboration (SPARC) coalition to organize 13 health fairs this fall across DeKalb and Fulton counties to improve community-wide delivery of disease prevention services among older adults.

"Over 60 percent of older adults in our community do not get the routine care they need to maintain their health," said Jennie Deese, community outreach director for Care Improvement Plus. "The mission of the SPARC program is well-aligned with that of Care Improvement Plus -- to improve the health of area seniors by providing access to valuable preventive services. We are honored to be a part of this program."

Originally launched as a pilot program in the Atlanta region in 2006, SPARC, which is administered by the Atlanta Regional Commission Area Agency on Aging, encourages the use of community resources and locations to improve access to routine preventive care.

The coalition is finalizing plans to host 13 senior health fairs between October and December at various locations throughout DeKalb and Fulton counties. Fairs will include health related activities such as flu and pneumonia vaccinations, bone density screenings, blood pressure and blood glucose testing, podiatry assessments, medication reviews, and nutritional information including free produce selections.

Current dates and locations for SPARC health fairs include:

Fulton County
October 1 October 7
Adamsville Recreation Jefferson Place
3404 Delmar Ln., NW 1135 Jefferson St.
Atlanta, Ga. Atlanta, Ga.
10:00-12:00 10:00-12:00

October 14 October 21
North Fulton Community Charities Norman Berry Village
11270 Elkins Rd. 2840 Norman Berry Dr.
Roswell, Ga. East Point, Ga.
10:00-12:00 10:00-12:00

DeKalb County
September 16 September 23
Lithonia Senior Center Lou Walker Senior Center
2484 Bruce St. 2538 Panola Rd.
Lithonia, Ga. Lithonia, Ga.
9:30-1:30 9:30-1:30

October 2 October 7
North Dekalb Senior Center Ashford Parkside Senior Residence
2248 Johnson Ferry Rd. 3522 Blair Circle
Atlanta, Ga. Decatur, Ga.
9:30-1:30 9:30-1:30

October 8 October 23
Dekalb Atlanta Senior Center Life Enrichment Services
25 Warren St. 1340 McConnell Dr.
Atlanta, Ga. Decatur, Ga.
9:30-1:30 11:00-1:30

October 24 November 14
Clairmont Oaks Austin Drive Senior Campus
441 Clairemont Ave. 1989 Austin Dr.
Decatur, Ga. Decatur, Ga.
9:30-1:30 10:00-2:00

November 18
Beulah Baptist Church
2340 Clifton Springs Rd.
Decatur, GA 30034
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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