COLUMBUS — The latest innovations in hearing and balance and information on medication safety will be covered during this year's Senior Living Festival.
The event will take place 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 26 at Ramada-Columbus.
Columbus Community Hospital will offer medical services such as blood pressure and bone mineral density screenings free of charge. Flu shots and pneumonia vaccinations will also be available for attendees.
Representatives will be on site to answer questions about rehabilitative services, diabetes and wound, ostomy or continence issues. Information will also be available on the CCH Foundation, Lifeline medical alert systems, volunteer opportunities and fall prevention.
Featured speaker Nicole Blaser, director of quality and compliance at Columbus Community Hospital, will discuss medication safety at 9 a.m., a topic that will also be covered by Becky Rother of CCH, Kay Wiser of Columbus Medical Center and Jamie Heine of Tooley's Drug and Home Care.
Dr. Mat Weekly of Columbus Otolaryngology Clinic will share information on hearing and balance at 11 a.m.
He will talk about how science and technology are improving hearing aids.
“There have been lots of innovations in the past decade with hearing loss,” Weekly said. “You have the hearing aids where the user sticks the device in their ear, and there are lots of problems with that. From the battery being too low or the device being too noticeable, these things have made having a hearing aid a stigma.”
Weekly works with doctors at the University of Nebraska Medical Center to further advance hearing aid technology.
Businesses and organizations that will have informational booths at the Senior Living Festival are: Alternative Hearing, Beltone, Brookestone Acres, Bryan Heart, CCH, Center for Survivors, Columbus Housing Authority, Columbus Physical Therapy, Columbus Community Center, Cottonwood House, Dynamic Life Therapy & Wellness Center, Edgewood Vista, Edward Jones, Master Care Patient Services, Meridian Gardens, Morys Haven, Pinnacle Bank, Prairie Village Retirement Center, Promedcare, Tooley's Drug and Home Care, Hearing Healthcare Center and McKown Funeral Home.
The event is sponsored by The Columbus Telegram, Columbus Community Hospital and Alpha Media.