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Flu shots, hunger drive at SCV Senior Center

Posted: November 4, 2010 9:44 p.m.
Updated: November 5, 2010 4:55 a.m.

From 9-11 a.m. today, a free flu shot clinic will take place at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St. in Newhall. Presented through the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the outreach will also include free pneumonia and pertussis (whooping cough) vaccines. Nurses will be on hand to answer all questions about the vaccinations, including reasons for getting them (or not), side effects and possible contradictions.

Extra parking will be available on Market Street in the First Presbyterian Church backlot. The center can be reached at (661) 259-9444.

In an effort to feed our valley’s hungriest seniors and provide nutrition education, Comfort Keeper’s In-Home Care will hold a free community event on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the center.

The event will include a lecture on senior nutrition and healthy living, presented by Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Sam Kojoglanian, who sees patients through Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center and his own busy Newhall practice.

In addition to saving lives through cardiology, Kojoglanian is popularly known for striving to save youth.

Fondly known as “Dr. Rap,” the physician’s distinctive songs and books are aimed at stopping drug abuse and violence among youth.

Also featured that day will be a special presentation to the Senior Center of nonperishable food items from Comfort Keepers’ Stop Senior Hunger Food drive — all of which has been collected over the last month in various donation bins. 
Anyone who brings a can of food to the Senior Center-hosted event will receive a raffle ticket for a prize. (Raffle items include restaurant certificates and hotel stays.) Refreshments will also be on tap that morning.

According to Comfort Keepers’ owner Myles McNamara, millions of seniors across America, including some within the Santa Clarita Valley, suffer from hunger and malnutrition each and every day.

“One in two seniors can be considered undernourished or malnourished, and this number is expected to double in the next 30 years,” said McNamara, who also serves as a Senior Center Foundation board member and is a licensed senior advisor.

“Through our event, we hope to raise awareness on senior hunger, answer immediate needs within our community, and help enlighten seniors about healthy eating and promoting longevity,” McNamara continued. 

For further information,  call Comfort Keepers at (661) 287-4200 or visit


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