It has been 15 years since Howell's Director of Carol Zur started holding a health fair for the older residents of the town. In that time the event has grown and proved beneficial for people who have come to the event.
Zur said when it started the event had hardly any turnout and only a limited number of volunteers but all that has changed in recent years. "From there it just really took off," she said. "Each year it seems to get bigger."
This year's health fair was held on Friday and brought in representatives from local, county, state and federal groups. Zur said the goal is to help the town's senior residents stay as informed and healthy as possible. From blood pressure screenings to hearing and vision checks there was plenty of information to be gained.
Since its inception Zur said the screenings held at the event have helped to identify residents with high blood pressure and mouth cancer among other ailments that otherwise would not have been diagnosed. "Those are just the ones we know about," she said.
Over the course of the year Zur said the senior center has various screeners and groups come one at a time, this brings them all together. Residents who came to the event also enjoyed lunch courtesy of and which Zur said helped bring more people to the event.