BAKER — North Okaloosa residents can learn more about local health resources and services during next Thursday’s Shady Grove Helping Hands Community Fair.


The Shady Grove Assembly of God Church in Baker will host and sponsor the event, along with the Northwest Florida Agency on Aging, the Northwest Florida Rural Health Network, the Walton-Okaloosa Council on Aging and Okaloosa Regional Home Health Services.



"The goal of the fair is to bring awareness of the resources that are available in the area, thus helping the consumer to have some choice(s) when and if they need to make a decision," said event organizer Gwen Rhodes, a community resource specialist with the Agency on Aging.



Rhodes said her organization’s representatives and others would offer assistance with Medicare open enrollment, which runs Oct. 15 through Dec. 7.



An estimated 20 vendors will be present; some will offer free blood pressure checks, hearing screenings and memory tests, while others will inform residents about their home health and hospice care options.



Free refreshments including hotdogs and potato chips will be available.



Event sponsors have organized similar events in Crestview, but this is the first time they’ve brought the health fair to Baker, Rhodes said.



WANT TO GO?



WHAT: Shady Grove Helping Hands Community Fair



WHEN: Noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 17



WHERE: Shady Grove Assembly of God Church, 1189 Shady Grove Church Road, Baker



Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Matthew Brown at 850-682-6524 or matthewb@crestviewbulletin.com. Follow him on Twitter @cnbMatthew.