by Carol Higgins-Taylor
Eastern Area Agency on Aging
May is Older Americans Month. To celebrate, Eastern Area Agency on Aging is holding the seventh annual Senior Expo 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Spectacular Event Center, 395 Griffin Road, Bangor. Attendees will receive an official pink Senior Expo tote bag.
Wear your walking shoes because you will want to visit all 90 exhibitors who will display everything from home health care to travel opportunities to senior college to jewelry to medical supplies to insurance options to senior housing to beauty products. Lots to see and do.
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 prices at an all-time high.
Each attendee will fill out a registration ticket that will enter them in a drawing to win one of four $25 visa cards. 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.
We are planning on having 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 healthcare provider. This is done as part of the Step by Step fall prevention program.
Also on hand, will be the Penobscot County Triad Drug Drop-Off box where you can deposit your expired medications. Bring all the medications 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 its back lot. Just follow the signs. A volunteer will be standing by to help guide you. Free luxury shuttle buses from EAAA, Sunbury Village and Winterberry Heights Assisted Living and Memory Care will chauffeur you right to the Expo door in a jiffy. These buses will circulate all day so 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 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 and the following sponsors: Gold-Walgreens; Silver-Bangor Hydro, First Bank, Penobscot Community Health Care, Rosscare, Winterberry Heights Assisted Living and Memory Care, and Bronze-AARP, Maine Savings Federal Credit Union, Miller Drug, New England Home Health Care and Sam’s Club.
Don’t miss the Senior Expo. And bring your friends.
Carol Higgins Taylor is director of communications at Eastern Area Agency on Aging. For information on EAAA, call 941-2865, or visit eaaa.org