DeKALB – State Rep. Robert Pritchard didn’t realize he had a problem with glare until he had a vision screening from Spex Expressions, 2570 DeKalb Ave. in Sycamore.
“I have to consider that the next time I take glasses,” said the Republican representative from Hinckley. “That’s part of the purpose of the screening, because you can identify a problem early before it becomes a problem.”
Pritchard’s screening was one of the many free ones senior citizens could get at the annual Senior Health Fair Thursday at DeKalb High School, 501 W. Dresser Road.
Pritchard’s office helped set up the fair in conjunction with State Sen. Christine Johnson, R-Shabbona, and the Family Service Agency in DeKalb. There were over 70 local, regional and state service providers offering screenings “head-to-toe,” in Pritchard’s words.
Diana King, the senior services director of the Family Service Agency, said the goal of the fair is to get as much information about the different options available to the county’s senior population, which King described as being very large.
“A lot of these seniors just aren’t aware of the services that are available, and they can’t really get out and go from place to place,” King said. “So we bring the services to them.”
One of the services available at Thursday’s screening was Sheedy Family Chiropractic, 550 W. State St. in Sycamore. Drs. Zac and Morgan Sheedy advised senior citizens on the best ways to take care of their backs at their age.
“There’s a lot of wear-and-tear that has occurred in the spine by the time we have aged,” Zac Sheedy said. “And it’s important to maintain mobility in the joints and soft tissue on the spine.”
Sheedy compared joints to teeth, saying “If you don’t start taking care of them, they will start to decay.”
Dr. Jeffrey Frank of Spex Expressions was also on hand, to give free vision screenings.
Next to Frank was a wavefront abberometer – a machine that maps out 10,000 points across a person’s eye. From that data, Frank can design a lens specifically for that person’s eye print.
“It’s individualized for your eye,” Frank said.
Pritchard said the Family Service Agency can help seniors find the services they need if they were unable to make it out to Thursday’s event.
Missed Thursday’s fair?
Senior citizens can contact the Family Service Agency if they need assistance in finding the services they need. Their number is 815-758-8616.