Dine with a Doc Program Brings Family Nurse Practitioner to Event

On every third Tuesday of the month, Senior Education Ministries, Inc. holds the Dine with a Doc program, which invites local seniors to engage in a discussion about their health over complimentary lunch. The most recent one was held at the Casey Senior Social Center on SW 2nd Street from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, 2016.

On this particular Tuesday, Diana Oakley APN, FNP-BC from the SBL Casey Clinic on NW Third Street spoke to the group, bringing her years of industry experience to citizens. The theme of this event was colorectal cancer, and Dr. Oakley listened to and answered people’s questions concerning the subject.

Lunch was free to the local senior citizens, courtesy of Markwell Funeral Home. Sandi Huelskamp, Dee Partlow, and Millie Malone from Markwell served Sloppy Joes, macaroni salad, apple sauce, dirt dessert, and beverages. Sandi Huelskamp spoke to a record crowd of 40 attendees on the importance of preneed funeral services before Diana Oakley did her presentation.

In addition to being a good opportunity for senior citizens to engage in fellowship with peers, the event also included door prizes for the participants. Drawings included a box of chocolate provided by Heritage Woods, hand soap with a bag from Community Care Systems, an Easter box from Casey Senior Center, and a Markwell Funeral Home mug filled with candy and a $5 McDonald’s gift card.

A hand-sewn quilt donated by one of the Casey Senior Center attendees was also auctioned off. The winner, David King, generously gave the quilt to the senior center director to thank her for all she does for senior citizens in the community.

Markwell loves helping out with this particular program. In November 2015, the local funeral home sponsored the Dine with a Doc event featuring physical therapist Andrea Keller from Sarah Bush Lincoln Center. At another program, Markwell sponsored the Dine with a Doc event that brought Dr. Wagih Satar to speak with more than 35 seniors about their eye health.

It’s important for senior citizens to stay connected not only to the community, but also to their own personal health. The Dine with a Doc program hopes to clear up any questions and offer participants answers over lunch. The food and the knowledge are both free!

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