Free Blood Pressure Screenings and Health Events in Chicago

Some 25-30% of adults have high blood pressure, but because there are no symptoms, many of these people don’t know they have it. Come out and get your blood pressure checked for free at these many locations.  Some people have high blood pressure for years without knowing it. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to stroke, heart attack, heart failure or kidney failure. This is why high blood pressure is often called the “silent killer.” The only way to tell if you have high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure checked.

Free Blood Pressure Screenings are going to be performed from  9-11 a.m.on  January 25 at the OLR Medical Center, 5645 W. Addison, in the second floor Community Education Room, Chicago. A health care professional will perform screenings and answer questions about blood pressure readings. Registration not required. Free parking is available across the street from the hospital.

Free blood pressure, glucose and HIV screenings. 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday , January 16 in Corazon Community Services, 1323 S. Austin Blvd., Cicero. Call 708-656-1400.

Senior Advocate of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital offers free blood-pressure screenings from 10 a.m.-noon on the first Wednesday of every month at the hospital’s Patient Resource Center, 8820 W. Dempster St., Niles (across from the hospital). No appointment is necessary. Call (847) 723-7277.

BLOOD PRESSURE: Lake County Health Department will offer free blood pressure screenings from 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 16 at Zion Piggly Wiggly, 3367 Sheridan Road; and from 9 to 10 a.m. Jan. 19 at Department of Public Aid, 3235 Belvidere Road, Waukegan. Details, (847) 377-8099. Free blood pressure checks are available at any Advocate Condell Immediate Care Center. Details, (800) 323-8622.

CARECOACH: Lake Forest Hospital CareCoach mobile health unit will provide free health screenings, including blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol and asthma from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at St. Anastasia Food Pantry, 624 Douglas Ave., Waukegan; from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 18 at Antioch Senior Center, 817 Holbek St.; and Jan. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Warren-Newport Public Library, 224 N. O’Plaine Road, Gurnee, and from 4 to 6 p.m. at Open Arms Mission, 1545 S. Main St., Antioch. Details, (847) 535-6709.

Golf Mill Shopping Center — Health seminars and blood pressure screenings will be offered throughout the year every month on the second Wednesday. Call the Golf Mill management office, (847) 699-1070.  They also host “Feats of Fitness,” a mall walking program Mondays through Saturdays, to enable seniors to walk within an enclosed environment. The program is sponsored by Bethany Terrace, Golf Mill Shopping Center, Maine Township Mainstreamers and Partners in Healthcare (North Shore Physicians Group). Health seminars and blood pressure screenings will be offered throughout the year every month on the second Wednesday. Call the Golf Mill management office, (847) 699-1070.

Other Free Health Events:

Resurrection Retirement Community and Saint Andrew Life Center will co-sponsor a free community workshop, “Your Guide to a Happier, Healthier Retirement.” The free workshop will be held at Biagio’s, 4242 N. Central Ave., Chicago, from 1-3 p.m. Jan. 14. The workshop will feature Joan Gatz, educational and motivational speaker, and Robert Bulger, senior vice president of mission for Resurrection Health Care. They will discuss how seniors can make retirement a truly interesting and exciting time of their lives providing detailed insights into all facets of life – physical, social, spiritual and financial. Free lunch and free parking will be provided. Reservations are required; call (847) 647-8332.

Dr. Sae Hahm answers questions about tests that help in the diagnosis of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Danada House, 3 S 501 Naperville Road, Wheaton. Free. Registration required. Call 630-933-4234.

Find out what metabolic syndrome is, how it affects your health and if you are at risk. 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday in Rush Oak Park Hospital, Room 200, 610 S. Maple Ave., Oak Park. Free. Call 708-383-9300.

Support group for adults and children living with epilepsy and other seizure disorders. 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Central DuPage Hospital, 25 N. Winfield Road, Winfield. Free. Call 630-289-5577.

Learn about asthma. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Cicero Community Center, 2250 S. 49th Ave., Cicero. Free. Call 708-447-6435.

SHARE is a support group for parents who have lost a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or early infant death. 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 26 in Edward Education Center, 801 S. Washington St., Naperville. Free. Call 630-527-3263.

Learn more about what may cause a fall and how to prevent injuries related to falling. 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday in Rush Oak Park Hospital, Room 200, 610 S. Maple Ave., Oak Park. Free. Call 708-383-9300.

The Center of Concern, 1580 N. Northwest Highway, Suite 310, Park Ridge, (847) 823-0453, calendar of events includes:
Tuesday, Jan. 19 – Medicare counseling, by appointment.
Saturday, Jan. 30 – Blood pressure and blood sugar testing, 10:00 a.m.-noon (no appointment needed).

Support groups for Alzheimer’s caregivers, those suffering from grief and loss, and seniors seeking to improve their nutrition are available at the Center of Concern in Park Ridge. The center also offers affordable personal counseling to adults of all ages. Call center social worker Myrna Fogarty, (847) 823-0453. The center is at 1580 N. Northwest Highway, Suite 310, Park Ridge.

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