Forum examines health for seniors

An upcoming health forum will address the needs of seniors in the community.

An upcoming health forum will address the needs of seniors in the community.

The Summerland Healthy Seniors Forum on March 1 is organized by NeighbourLink.

Maryana Komljenovic of NeighbourLink said the fourth annual forum will feature a series of sessions organized by nursing students from the University of British Columbia — Okanagan.

The nursing students’ role in the forum is part of their course work as they learn about promoting good health.

The students have also brought health-based topics to NeighbourLink during the monthly soup social events.

The topics and workshops at the forum include a short fitness class, a financial planning session, a presentation on the Aging in Place program, an information about the role of diet and exercise in treating arthritis and more.

“It’s not a trade fair,” Komljenovic said.

Instead, the display tables will be from organizations providing assistance to seniors.

These include the Interior Health Authority, Summerland Parks and Recreation, the Summerland Kiwanis Club and the Summerland Seniors’ Village.

Komljenovic said she would like to see at least 60 people attend this year’s event.

The forum will be held at the Summerland Seniors’ Drop-in Centre, 9710 Brown St. on Saturday, March 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There is no admission fee.