State Fair offers half-price admission, free health screenings on Senior Day, Aug. 4


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Aging invites all Ohioans to visit the “Well Beyond 60!” EXPO during National Church Residences’ Senior Day at the Ohio State Fair on Tuesday, Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The expo will feature health screenings that will help visitors identify healthy choices they can make throughout their lifespans to ensure they live a healthier, more active life at age 60 and beyond. The event is free with fair admission, which is only $4 all day for visitors age 60 and older.

Fairgoers visiting the expo will have access to free health screenings and educational displays including: Blood pressure screening, falls risk assessment, balance testing, vision screening, nutrition education, stroke information and more.

“Aging well begins at birth and never stops being important. We know that the choices we make throughout our lives have a greater impact on our health and wellness in elderhood than genetics,” said Bonnie K. Burman, director of the department. “No matter your age or physical ability, there is always something you can do to improve your health and ensure that you live ‘Well Beyond 60!’ We’re excited to bring together partners from many disciplines to promote lifestyle choices that can have real benefit at any age.”

“Well Beyond 60!” EXPO partners include: Ohio Department of Aging, Ohio Department of Health, Prevent Blindness Ohio, Mount Carmel Health, National Church Residences, Arbors of Delaware, The Ohio State University Extension, Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center, STEADY U Ohio and HEALTHY U Ohio.

Fairgoers also are invited to arrive early for the free 1 p.m. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons tribute concert, “Let’s Hang On,” for an “A Matter of Balance” falls prevention mini-workshop.

For ticket information, directions and a full schedule for the Ohio State Fair, visit For information about the Department of Aging’s “Well Beyond 60!” initiative, visit

Staff report

The Ohio Department of Aging works to ensure that our elders are respected as vital members of society who continue to grow, thrive and contribute. We collaborate with state agencies and community partners, including area agencies on aging, to help integrate aging needs into local plans and ensure that aging Ohioans have access to a wide array of high-quality services and supports that are person-centered in policy and practice. Our programs include the PASSPORT Medicaid waiver, caregiver support, the long-term care ombudsman program, the Golden Buckeye Card and more. Visit

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