Sixth Annual Senior Expo slated for May 18 at Spectacular Events

Posted May 10, 2012, at 8:14 a.m.

Get a red pen and circle Friday, May 18, on your calendar. You don’t want to miss the Sixth Annual Senior Expo at the Spectacular Event Center, in Bangor. Doors open promptly at 9 a.m., and then the fun begins.

Wear your walking shoes because you will want to visit all 80 exhibitors who will be displaying everything from home health care to travel opportunities to electric candles to bathroom remodels to medical supplies to insurance options to senior housing to beauty products.

The Gold Experts will be on hand, so bring any gold and silver that you might want to sell. There is good money to be made with gold being at an all-time high.

Also new this year, Select Comfort who is bringing a Sleep Number bed. Seniors tell me that these beds are wonderful. In fact, one senior told me that since she bought one, she no longer wakes up with a backache. Try it out. You can also have your spine checked out and get a chair massage.

Attendees will fill-out registration tickets that will enter them in a drawing for a gas card. There will be many door prizes from the vendors as well, and best of all you don’t need to be present to win. There will be big easels in the lobby with the winners’ names listed as they are drawn. Here’s a tip: If you have address labels, bring them. It is easier to stick these on entry forms than writing your address multiple times.

There will be numerous health screenings, such as vision tests, blood pressure checks, cholesterol and glucose tests, and fall-risk assessments. These assessments, performed by the physical therapy department at Husson University and trained EAAA staff, will give you an opportunity to have your risk of falling examined. They’ll put you through the paces to determine your risk level for taking a tumble and give you information to take to your health care provider. This is done as part of the Step by Step fall prevention program.

EAAA volunteers will also offer up information on preventive screenings and wellness visits as part of the Affordable Care Act.

Also on hand will be the Penobscot County Triad Drug Drop-Off box, where you can deposit your expired medications or no longer necessary medications. Bring all the drugs that you no longer use so they can be disposed of properly. It is very important to get these prescriptions out of the house, lest you take them by mistake or a grandchild gets into them. Please, don’t flush them because it is dangerous for the environment.

Overflow parking will be behind the Airport Mall in the back lot. Free luxury shuttle buses from EAAA, Sunbury Village, and Winterberry Heights Assisted Living and Memory Care Community will chauffeur you right to the Expo door in a jiffy. These buses will be circulating all day along with the EAAA van. Just park your car on the Griffin Road side of the Airport Mall and board the bus if you cannot find parking at Spectacular Event Center.

There will also be delicious refreshments available for Expo attendees. Truly, the Spectacular Event Center staff makes some of the best cookies in the area. And don’t worry about the calories as you will burn them off by visiting all the exhibitors.

Lots to do and see, and it’s all free.

The Senior Expo is brought to you by Eastern Area Agency on Aging. Martin’s Point Health Care is the platinum sponsor. Bronze sponsors are Penobscot Community health Care and Winterberry Heights.

Don’t miss the Senior Expo. It’s fun, informative, and it’s free admission.

Carol Higgins Taylor is director of communications at Eastern Area Agency on Aging. Email Higgins Taylor at chtaylor@eaaa.org. For information on EAAA, call 941-2865, toll-free 800-432-7812, email info@eaaa.org or visit http://www.EAAA.org. TTY 992-0150.

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