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Senior Life Center event caters to summer needs of seniors
Seniors mingle during a celebratory event Wednesday at the Gainesville-Hall County Senior Life Center. - photo by Kristen Oliver

The Gainesville-Hall County Senior Life Center buzzed with activity Wednesday morning, as area senior citizens gathered for a special event.

Wayne Adams with Premier Branded Specialties had shirts made for all the seniors. He organized the event based on a Christmas season event the Senior Resource Network does at First Baptist Church, bringing guests from assisted living facilities and catering to them.

“This year, my wife has had three strokes, breast cancer and a heart attack,” Adams said. “She comes over here, and they’ve done a lot of good for her. So I figured I’d pay it back.”

Nancy Simpson, program coordinator for the Senior Life Center, said she wanted to have shirts for seniors and center employees and volunteers, so they would all be recognizable on outings.

The shirt bears the outline of two senior citizens, with the words “Gainesville-Hall County Senior Life Celebration 2016” across the front. The sponsors were printed on the back.

Representatives from North Georgia Medical Transport were on hand, and EMT supervisor Spencer Walker said they were doing blood pressure and glucose checks. They also brought a pink ambulance guests could tour.

Finally, Margaret Spratlin from The Longstreet Clinic shared information on staying hydrated, particularly in the summer.

“It helps your heart, and it helps reduce colon cancer, bladder cancer, breast cancer,” she said. “There is research for that. It helps your kidneys sift out waste, and it nourishes your skin. Those are a lot of benefits, just from drinking water.”

Spratlin said drinking water can prevent headaches, boost brain power and fight fatigue. She brought large reusable cups and plastic water bottles for all the seniors, plus handouts with information about hydration.

“If you are well-hydrated, you are protecting yourself in a very simple way,” she said.

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