by Kaara Baptiste
With the recent debut of the New York Marketplace, part of the Affordable Health Care Act, healthcare is a hot topic among New Yorkers. In Brooklyn, approximately a quarter of Canarsie and neighboring Flatlands residents are uninsured. Which means part of the population does not have access to regular check ups and preventative care, particularly the senior population.
The Hebrew Educational Society hosted a Healthy Living Expo in Canarsie to provide community members preventative check ups and access to healthcare providers. The expo was open to the entire Canarsie community but specifically targeted seniors.
Cardiologist Perry Frankel and his staff offered preventative exams to test for risks of cardiovascular disease, strokes, aneurysms and inner ear imbalance—a leading cause for falls in the elderly.
“I love doing this because there isn’t a fair we go to where we don’t pick up an aneurysm, or a tight carotid. We make a difference in their future.”
He said he was at a similar health fair last week where his staff discovered someone with 95% arterial blockage.
Blood pressure screenings and free flu shots were also available for visitors to increase the rate of adults in Canarsie and Flatlands who are immunized.
Felice Frost, the event coordinator and long time Canarsie resident, said approximately 300 people visited the expo Sunday afternoon. This is the first expo she brought to the HES.
October 6, 2013. The Healthy Living Expo was held at the Hebrew Educational Society in Canarsie. Felice Frost, a longtime Canarsie resident and event planner who specializes in senior events, said this was the first time bringing this expo to this location. She estimates over 300 visitors came to get tested for cardiovascular disease, get annual flu shots and learn about health insurance options.
October 6, 2013. Dana Shapiro, Executive VP of Advanced Cardiovascular Diagnostics, checks in with technicians before they disperse to their testing stations. Judy Fox, a retired teacher, found the testing experience interesting. “I’ve had tests [done today] that I’ve never had in my life.”
October 6, 2013. A technician readies an EKG machine for the day’s screenings. Visitors at the fair could be tested for stroke and heart attack risks, as well as abdominal aorta aneurysms. Abdominal aorta aneurysms are particularly dangerous because the majority of those diagnosed have no prior symptoms.
October 6, 2013. A technician conducts patient intake. The Healthy Living Expo was held at the Hebrew Educational Society in Canarsie, Brooklyn. Over 300 people visited the fair that housed 15 booths offering services including flu shots, EKGs, discounted MetroCards, and health insurance information.
October 6, 2013. A technician conducts patient intake at the Healthy Living Expo in Canarsie. Cardiologist Perry Frankel and Advanced Cardiovascular Diagnostics brought between 10 to 15 technicians to perform same-day testing and results for cardiovascular disease.
October 6, 2013. Representatives from Walgreen’s Pharmacy offered free flu shots and blood pressure screenings to visitors.
October 6, 2013. Susan Lavin distributes brochures about the MyTurn Program at Kingsboro Community College. Lavin directs the program which offers tuition-free community college courses to NY residents 60 years and older.
October 6, 2013. A technician fits an elderly patient for an inner ear exam. Vestibular exams like these provide preventative support to seniors who may be at increased risk of falling. Dr. Frankel said identifying inner-ear imbalances early can lead to physical therapy that could prevent falls and reduce Medicare costs.
October 6, 2013. Cardiologist Perry Frankel speaks with Health Expo coordinator Felice Frost. Though occupied with a private practice, Dr. Frankel attends health fairs around the city frequently. “I love doing this because there isn’t a fair we go to where we don’t pick up an aneurysm, or a tight carotid. We make a difference in their future.”
October 6, 2013. A young boy surveys the take-a-ways at a dentist booth. Of the 300-plus attendees, the majority were senior citizens.