Free healthcare screenings for seniors

Taking advantage of free healthcare screenings is a smart and affordable way to keep track of your health and detect potential problems early. The Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center (SAC), located in the Community Center at 1 Monticello Blvd., offers several free screenings throughout the year, including vision screenings on July 14, conducted by Cleveland Clinic’s Cole Eye Institute. There is no cost, but appointments are necessary.

Other screenings to be offered at the SAC include bi-monthly blood pressure checks administered by Case Western Reserve University medical students; vision, hearing and balance screenings administered by Cleveland Clinic; and flu shots administered by Rite Aid and Walgreens. The SAC also hosts an annual health fair that includes screenings for glucose, cholesterol and body mass index.

For a schedule of SAC screenings, to schedule an appointment, and to arrange for low-cost transportation to the screenings, call 216-691-7377.

Cleveland Clinic is offering free blood pressure screenings at Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights on July 14, 10 a.m. to noon. Call 440-312-4784 for more information.

The Clinic is also holding a For Men Only Health and Wellness Fair on Aug. 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at South Pointe Hospital in Warrensville Heights. Free screenings include blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, vision and prostate. Prostate screenings require an appointment. Call 216-491-6532 for information and to make an appointment.

If you have enrolled in Medicare Part B within the past year, you are eligible to receive a one-time preventive checkup at the Clinic’s Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center in East Cleveland. The exam consists of a visual acuity screening, measurement of body mass index, and other screenings. Call 216-767-4140 for information and to make an appointment.

Women over the age of 40 who do not have insurance are eligible for free mammograms at the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center. Call 216-767-4140 and mention “Mammogram Mondays” to qualify. Transportation is available.

For all screenings, be sure to call ahead to confirm dates, times, and whether an appointment is required; and always discuss your screening results with your doctor.

Judith Eugene

Judith Eugene is a native of Cleveland Heights who provides life-enrichment classes and activities for senior adults and those with physical and mental challenges through She can be reached at 216-408-5578 or

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 9:26 AM, 07.01.2015