Standards Home Health representatives Rachel Reuter and Michael Neely wait for senior citizens to arrive at the Health Expo hosted by the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor gerontology class April 16.

BELTON — The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor gerontology class conducted a Health Expo on April 16 at the Belton Senior Activity Center.

Seniors were treated to free blood pressure screenings conducted by Jamie Stagle, a student nurse. Free massages were given by Ann Eclavea, representing Anthony Chiropractic and Massage in Temple, and Brenda Merz offered information about vacation tours for seniors.

Citizens Helping in Police Services volunteers Ron Mucha and David Jones, accompanied by Belton Deputy Chief Jen Wesley, explained the free R U OK safety program launched by the department this month.

“We want to make sure our seniors are safe. By filling out a basic information questionnaire our volunteers are able to check on every senior citizen in Belton on a weekly basis,” Wesley said. “CHIPS volunteers will contact seniors weekly to make sure they are OK.”

Walter Langford with A Matter of Balance offered a proactive healthy lifestyle for seniors.

“They need to stay proactive for their own well-being, especially between doctor visits,” he said.

Annette Franklin, assistant professor and instructor at UMHB, said the clinic was designed by gerontology students, who also participate in an “adopt-a-grandparent” program. “This was inspired by a student who wanted to spend more time with seniors,” she said.

Students Christina Walters and Bianca Shelborne worked at the health expo.

“I’ve always had a desire to be in the medical field,” Shelborne said. “I’m in the nursing program because of the nurturing my mother experienced during her bout with cancer. The nurses took care of her as if they were a part of the family.”

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