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August 19, 1982 Special People Page 7 Senior health screening available in county Want to do something good for your health? Make an appointment for Senior Health Screening! You may learn something about ex- isting problems or how to prevent future health prob- lems. Regularly scheduled clinics are held throughout Spokane County. Health screening is done by specially trained public health nurses. Each screening takes about an hour and includes review of health history, review of medica- tions taken, height and weight, blood pressure, pulse, blood tests for sugar, BUN, iron and electrolytes, urine screening test, hemoccult stool test available .to do at home. Other screening tests involve eyes, ears, skin, mouth, neck, lungs, abdomen and extremities. For men, a blood test screening for pros- tate cancer is available. For women, breast exam is part of the screening exam, and Pap Smear is available by special appointment. No attempt is made to diagnose or treat. Any. ab- normalities are referred to the clients private physician. This service is free of Potluck Golden Agers enjoy a potluck luncheon at Medical Lake city haU. charge. Anyone age 60 or older is eligible. Appoint- Parks have free passes ments can be made by calling 458-2530. Clinicg held in Che- ney and Medical Lake are regularly announced in the Cheney Free Press. The Colville National For- est has two recreation passes available free of charge to senior citizens and handi- Many have high blood pressure Almost one out of every four (23 percent) Washington state residents initially screened for high blood pres- sure last year were found to have that physical problem. High blood pressure is a leading contributor to strokes and heart attacks which ac- count for half of the deaths in the state. The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Hypertension Control Pro- gram screen approximately 55,000 persons in 10 counties during 1981, according to Fred Abrahamson, program director. Nearly 35,000 of them had not previously been screened by the program which began in 1976 as a joint federal government, local government and private sector-funding venture. The other 20,000 persons had been previously screened and were being monitored because of detected high blood pressure. Until recently, the screen- ing program was carried out by 10 contractors at 100 screening sites. Reduced federal funding forced two contractors to leave the pro- grain, but a third contractor remained active with local funding. The remaining con- tractors increased the num- ber of screening sites to 153. Contractors include Spokane Medication tips given Millions of Americans take medications every day. In fact, the Arthritis Foundation estimates that people with arthritis spend $690 million each year on prescriptions drugs and $575 million annually on over-the-counter medications. County Health District. Despite a reductioil in federal funding, screenings have increased because of the efficiency provided by a new computerized tracking and reporting system. The system assists screening clinics in following persons with high blood pressure and indicates which persons need more testing or referral for treat- ment. Recently, Abrahamson and the contractors have been soliciting occupational screening sites. An example is the C-X Corporation in Seattle. Working in coopera- tion with the University of Washington, the Heart Asso- ciation and the Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center, volunteers and the corporation nurse screen in- terested employees. The corporation has set up special activities for their hyperten- sive personnel including a low-sodium lunch. Families are also involved in working out low-salt diets, exercise programs and stop-smoking plans for the afflicted em- capped persons. They are called the Golden Age, Gold- en Access Passports. The Golden Age, Golden Access Passports offer a free lifetime entrance permit to parks, recreation areas and national monuments ad- ministered by the Federal Government. They also pro- vide a 50% discount on fees charged for services and facilities such as camping, boat launching and parking. Fees charged by private con- cessionairies are not covered under the passports. To obtain a Golden Age Passport, a person must be 62 years of age or older and be a permanent resident of the United States. The Golden Access Passport is available for permanently disabled per- sons, ,regardless of age. All passports have to be obtained in person. They cannot be sent through the mail. Golden Age Passports needs proof of age from a drivers license, Medicare Card or birth cer- tificate. Subscribe to the Free Press Baird helps Sen. Gorton Taking medication every day, even inexpensive drugs like aspirin, can be a drain on any budget. To help cut costs, the Arthritis Foundation, Western Washington Chap- ter, offers the following tips for people who must purchase medicine regularly for their arthritis or other chronic conditions: --When your doctor is cer- tain you will be taking a medication for a long period of time, ask for a pre- scription in greater amounts. Most medications cost less when you buy in quantity. However, you should ask your pharmacist how long the drug will maintain it potency on the shelf. --Comparison shop before buying any prescription drug. Costs can vary from store to store. One store may have the best price on one drug while maintaining higher prices on others. --Ask your pharmacist about generic drugs that may be less expensive that name brand products. Be sure, however, that your physician approves and notes them on your prescription. --Check into special group prices such as senior citizen discounts. Some stores also have special discount days. --If your prescription includes aspirin, don't buy brands advertised as "extra strenght" or "arthritis strength." These labels simply mean there is more aspirin per tablet for a higher price. You can avoid the unncessary expense of these special-strength drugs by taking regular strength aspir- in in the quantities prescribed by your doctor. --Remember that highly ad- vertised brands are no better than less expensive store labels available in many pharmacies. --Check with your doctor for other suggestions which can save you money. --Always remember to take all medication in the quantity and at the times your physician prescribes. You don't want to cut your health care when you're cutting costs. through the concern of its president, Larry Smith, who has high blood pressure. Lockheed contracted with the Seattle-King County. Health Department to provide nurses to screen its em- ployees and conduct on-going monitoring of hypertensive personnel. Smith recognizes the dollar savings which accrue from few Sick days and lower health premiums. The 35,000 new persons screened in 1981 is twice the number expected. Despite the uncertainty of future funding, Abrahamson said the staff and contractors of the pro- gram are very optimistic due to the enthusiasm of the private sector. He said he and the contractors will continue to recruit more private busi- ness firms and organizations and hopes all of the counties will eventually be involved in this life-saving program. 4 ployees. ! RATCLIFFE Lockheed Shipbuilders is also involved in the program Senator Gorton's Spokane office address is: Room 770 U.S. Courthouse, Spokane 99201. Baird may be con- tacted at 326-1298. 402 2nd St. 235-6238 Chene Cheney 456-6759 Spokane FREE LUBE JOB With Purchase of Oil & Filter GOOD THROUGH AUGUST 31, 1982 CASH VALUE 1/20 OF ONE CENT II Edgar A. Baird, Spokane, began his six month intern- ship in Senator Gorton's of- fice on July 1. Baird is one of several seniors taking advantage of a unique opportunity to partici- pate in government and ad- vise Senator Slade Gorton on issues concerning seniors through a special internship program at the Senator's Spokane, Seattle and Wash- ington D.C. offices. Baird will be working in the Spokane office from July un- til December of 1982. Gustav Bacharach, Vancouver, will fill a similar position in the Seattle office. Katherine Lee of Seattle, Creighton Miller of Longview and Georgia Reh- man of Pullman were the first " senior interns and worked the first six months of this year. In addition to assisting other staff members with their general office duties, each senior intern has been assigned special projects on issues affecting seniors in Washington State. Interns also attend numerous meet- ings with senior organizations to discuss experiences and problems shared by many older people and to hear others' specific concerns. In addition to assisting other staff members with their general office duties, each senior intern has been assigned special projects on issues affecting seniors in Washington State. Interns also attend numerous meet- ings with senior organizations to discuss experiences and problems shared by many older people arid to hear others's specific concerns. Senator Gorton said he is grateful for the help pro- ,, vided this year by the senior interns.