Seniors & Aging

Health screenings

Health screenings are important for seniors as a preventative tool to head off problems before they become serious. Here are community groups that provide tests, many of them free. Check with your doctor about which screenings should be done.

Falls risk screening clinic. Offered twice a year. Free. St. Joseph Physical Therapy, 788-6420.

Memory awareness screening. Offered monthly on the third Tuesday of the month through November. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Alzheimer Society of Washington, 671-3316.

Colorectal and prostate health. Annual colorectal cancer awareness campaign in March and prostate health screening in October. Free. St. Joseph Cancer Center, 738-6706.

Cardio, blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screenings. LifeQuest at St. Joseph Hospital offers several health screening programs including Take Heart cardio screening, vascular-profile screening, glucose fingerstick, blood pressure and fasting cholesterol/glucose. Details: 738-6720 or go to www.peacehealth.org/Whatcom and click on “LifeQuest Community Health Education.”

Health screenings. Skagit Valley Hospital offers several health screening programs including skin cancer, vision and glaucoma, cardiovascular risk, stroke and aneurysm, cholesterol and bone density. Details: (360) 428-2424 or go to www.skagitvalleyhospital.org and click on “HealthQuest.”

Stroke risk screenings. Offered throughout the year; locations vary. Cost $149 to $219. Life Line Screening, (877) 237-1354 or lifelinescreening.com.

Skin cancer screeningOffered two or three times a year. Next screening is March 26. Exam is performed by Dr. Liz Vennos. Open to new patients only, and by appointment only; call 647-2188 for appointment. Details: BellinghamDerm.com.

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