Health promotion screenings and activities provide an opportunity for early medical intervention, identification of existing risk factors, monitoring of progress between physician visits, and referrals to appropriate health care providers and community service organizations. Screenings and education programs are provided in community sites and the senior center. The population targeted for the health program is the elderly, with particular emphasis placed on reaching the isolated, frail, and over 85-year-old senior citizens.
Screenings are done by area health care providers and include screens for hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol, hearing, podiatry, skin cancer, peripheral artery disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, pulmonary disease, depression, and medication interactions. In addition to the screens, West Suburban Senior Services offers a fall influenza vaccine program with the Cook County Department of Public Health. Flu shots are free to persons age 50 and older.