Fourth senior expo planned for Friday

Posted May 14, 2010, at 11:49 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The fourth annual Senior Connections Expo and DASH Fair, set for Friday, will feature a wide range of exhibitors, several of whom will provide health and financial screenings, Eastern Area Agency on Aging spokeswoman Carol Higgins Taylor said this week.

The event, organized by EAAA and Penquis and sponsored by Martin’s Point Health Care, is free and runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Spectacular Event Center, located at 395 Griffin Road. Higgins said the event, which is open to the public, should be especially useful for elderly people and those with disabilities.

According to Taylor, this year’s Expo will feature about 75 exhibitors — more than double last year’s 34 participants. Some of those exhibitors will be familiar to seniors who have attended the DASH Fair, which used to be held each March and for the first time this year has been combined with the Expo.

Throughout the day, health screenings — including blood pressure, ear canal checks, vision and cholesterol checks — will be provided at no cost, Taylor said. In addition, fall-risk assessments will be done by trained Eastern Area Agency on Aging staff and members of the Husson University physical therapy department.

EAAA staff also will do Benefits Check-Ups to ensure people are receiving all the benefits for which they are eligible.

Those who attend also can have their jewelry cleaned and appraised, scope out service providers in the banking, medical, travel, residential and other fields, and browse a variety of goods ranging from wickless candles, which provide aroma without the risk of fire, to bathroom remodeling products.

Four presentations also are scheduled during the event:

- 9:30 a.m. — How’s your Balance? Tips to keep you upright and reduce your risk of falling; EAAA’s Matter of Balance program.

- 10:30 a.m. — Feel like you need to sell the farm to buy food? How to eat well on a budget; Hannaford Supermarkets.

- Noon — George Hale will present annual George Hale Silver Frame Awards to nine winners.

- 1 p.m. — Demonstrations of a wide range of everyday adaptive tools that can make life easier; Technical Exploration Center.

In addition the Penobscot County Triad Coalition will be on hand with its prescription drug drop-off box for those who want to properly dispose of expired and unneeded drugs, which can be dangerous if left in the home.

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