Department on Aging Hosts Activities for Senior Day at the Illinois State Fair

August 11 “Senior Day” admission is free for guests age 60 years & older

SPRINGFIELD - August 8, 2014. Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) hosts activities for seniors and their families during the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, August 8 - 17, in the air conditioned setting of the Illinois Building located near the fairground main gate. In addition, IDoA offers a lineup of special events for Senior Day Monday, August 11 when attendees 60 years of age and older are admitted free to the fair.

“We look forward each year to hosting fun activities during the state fair. Our staff and partner agencies do a great job keeping things fun while offering information about program and services that serve older adults and their families,” said IDoA Director John K. Holton, Ph.D.

(The full line up of IDoA activities follows this release). Some state fair Senior Day favorites include the “NOT SO Newlywed Game” where couples, ages 50 years and older, test how much they really know about their spouse. Later, IDoA will host the Illinois Senior Spelling Bee State Finals. Seniors who won regional competitions held across the state will correctly spell words until judges crown a spelling bee champion. And families are encouraged to pre-register for the “Grandparent Grandchild Contest”, when (on August 14) participants are judged on resemblance, costumes, talent and interviews. To pre-register, call (217) 785-3390.

Each day St. John's Hospital and the Lion’s Club offer free health screenings, including:

  • Body Composition
  • Blood Pressure/Stroke
  • Blood Sugar/Glucose
  • Cholesterol Diabetic Eye Testing
  • Health/Weight
  • Hearing
  • Heart Risk Assessments
  • Mental Health
  • Overactive Bladder
  • Pulmonary Function
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Skin Cancer (Derma Scan)

The Illinois Department on Aging thanks representatives from the state agencies, organizations and private companies who will be on hand during the entire fair to provide information about services to help older adults. They include:

  • AARP
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
  • Illinois Assistive Technology Project and Battery Specialists
  • Illinois Bee Keepers
  • Illinois Department of Employment Security
  • Illinois Department of Public Health
  • Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs
  • Illinois Historic Preservation
  • Illinois Lion’s Club
  • Illinois State Treasurer’s Office
  • Logan County Senior Center Bingo
  • Prairie Heart Institute
  • The Office of the Attorney General
  • The Office of the Secretary of State
  • St. John's Hospital
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure
  • United Access
  • United States Social Security Administration
  • Watkins Home Products

For more information about the Department on Aging, call (800) 252-8966 or (or TTY for the hearing impaired at 888-206-1327), or log on to the website at

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Department on Aging Hosts Activities for Senior Day at the Illinois State Fair