SJSU’s Center For Healthy Aging in Multicultural Populations (CHAMP) Offers San Jose’s Seniors Health Screenings and Information

On Thursday, September 29, the 24th Annual Senior Resource & Wellness Fair, presented by the County of Santa Clara Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS), in partnership with the City of San Jose Parks & Recreation Department, and SJSU’s Center for Healthy Aging in Multicultural Populations (CHAMP), took place at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose.

Approximately 400 people in the community came out to the Wellness Fair to receive information from 85 different programs that provide information and services to the senior population.  There were about 70 vendors from community agencies. Participants were able to receive a multitude of health screenings – flu shots, blood pressure, glucose, dental, spine alignment, skin, mood, cognitive function, falls prevention, fitness, biofeedback, and hearing tests which were provided by Walgreens, SJSU students and other agencies.  Several workshops and fitness demonstrations were also held throughout the day, including Laughter Yoga, Fair Housing Rights, Cal Medi-Connect, and Nutrition.

More than 40 students, led by faculty from six San Jose State departments, participated in offering screenings or healthy living advice to older adults at the event. Students from the following departments offered information/screenings on the following topics:

  • Social work – Mood and wellness screening
  • Nursing – Blood pressure screening
  • Kinesiology – Information on evidence-based exercise
  • Occupational Therapy – Falls and balance
  • Recreation Therapy – Biofeedback to improve breathing and managing stress
  • Communicative Disorders – Ear inspections; and Cognitive wellness screening

“The Wellness fair offers SJSU students a wonderful opportunity to practice their communications skills, learn how to engage seniors in screenings and health education, and learn about the role of multiple disciplines and the array of community services available to promote wellness and healthy aging,” says Sadhna Diwan, Ph.D.,Professor, School of Social Work, Director, Center for Healthy Aging in Multicultural Populations.

Photos by Lauren Chun, Megan Dejan and Mickie Lau, students from Dwight Bentel & Hall Student Advertising and Public Relations Agency, School of Journalism and Mass Communications:

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Quick Highlights of CHAMP Senior Wellness Fair on October 24 at Roosevelt Center

by Sadhna Diwan, Ph.D.

Greetings fellow CHAMPions!

Thank you so much for making this another great event! Just a few quick highlights:

Getting set up at Roosevelt Center

According to Kingstom Lum of DAAS, we had 400 people at the fair! We had 100 students there from SJSU so it was a great mix of seniors, students, non-profit agencies (14), and other visitors.
CommUniverCity and CHAMP volunteers outreached to 200 homes in the neighborhood through door-to-door marketing in addition to visiting several senior centers, apartment buildings, and local businesses.
Among city and county officials who visited were:  County Supervisor George Shirakawa; Suzanne Wolf, Deputy Director Parks and Recreation, City of San Jose;  and Dan Wax, Division Manager City of San Jose. There were no doubt others that some of you had a chance to meet.
This year, we had a group of very young but extremely articulate budding engineers from the Junior High School in Saratoga who had built a robot for the annual Lego Competition . This year’s theme for the competition was Senior Solutions: Can FIRST® LEGO® League teams improve the quality of life for seniors by helping them continue to be independent, engaged, and connected in their communities? The kids participated in the wellness fair as part of their outreach activities. See more info at:
We would like to thank our partners at DAAS and CommUniverCity, CHAMP faculty, students, and our CASA Dean Charlie Bullock for making this Wellness fair possible.
Professors Tamar Semerjian & Nancy Megginson announcing demos



Senior Wellness Fair at the Roosevelt Center Wed., 10/24

Senior Wellness Fair at the Roosevelt Center is on tomorrow Wednesday, Oct 24 come rain or shine!

The Senior Wellness Fair is co-hosted this year by CHAMP, CommUniverCity and the Santa Clara County Department of Adult & Aging Services.(DAAS)
When:  October 24, 2012 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
WhereRoosevelt Community Center, 901 E. Santa Clara Street (between 19th and 21st)

Students and faculty from Health Science, Kinesiology, Nursing, Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, and Social Work are participating to provide health and wellness screenings, education, and physical activity demonstrations to seniors from the East San Jose neighborhood.
Please come and support our students and faculty in this multidisciplinary adventure!