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Information, free stuff, prizes at May 14 expo

By Carol Higgins Taylor

May is Older American Month. To honor older Americans, Eastern Area Agency on Aging has teamed up with Penquis to bring you the third Senior Connections Expo, set for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at Spectacular Event Center, 395 Griffin Road, Bangor.

Generously sponsored by Martin’s Point Health Care, the event is designed with seniors in mind and is not to be missed. There will be a variety of educational tables and give-aways and door prizes.

“This expo is an opportunity to let seniors know what is out there for them,” said Jen Brooks, community relations manager at Penquis. “We have worked very hard to ensure that seniors will get valuable information as well as have fun.”

Along with 30 vendor tables and health testing such as blood pressure and glaucoma, we have added presentations:

. “Reverse Mortgages” with Dana Ward of Mainstream Finance. Learn if this is a viable option for you and your family.

. “Seniors, Crime and Identity Theft” with Penobscot County Sheriff Glenn Ross. Learn how to protect yourself from scammers and thieves and how to become more proactive with your safety.

. “Medicare, Prescriptions and You” with Eastern Area Agency on Aging’s own Stacie Sparkman. What is covered by Medicare and what is not? Get the facts.

Speaking of prescriptions, the Penobscot County TRIAD Coalition – an organization of law enforcement, social service agencies and seniors that works to fight crime and abuse directed at seniors – will be in attendance with its Drug-Drop-Off box, so bring your expired or unneeded medications. Just drop them in the box for proper disposal.

It is imperative to get these prescriptions out of the house, lest you take them by mistake. And always keep all prescriptions out of the reach of grandchildren.

A police officer will be standing by at the Expo to take these drugs off your hands so they can be disposed of properly.

While the “flushing” of old medicines was the disposal method of choice in years past, it has fallen out of favor because these drugs are very bad for the environment and risk showing up in ground water.

Tossing them in the trash increases the risk of them being stolen, so bring them to the Senior Connections Expo and let law enforcement handle them.

This is a great time to think about spring cleaning, so why not start off with your medicine chest, kitchen cabinet or refrigerator – wherever you keep your medications.

The Senior Connections Expo will have delicious refreshments available, as well. 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 vendors.

Eastern Area Agency on Aging is committed to improving seniors’ lives and providing them with the most up-to-date information.

EAAA advocates for seniors to exercise and live healthy lives. One of the best exercises is walking – however, it can be dangerous on Maine’s rural roads.

So, to help keep you safe as you pursue an exercise program or even just retrieve your mail on the side of the road, we will have reflective vests for sale at our table as part of the Vest Dressed for Safety Program.

For a nominal cost of $10, a bright and comfortable mesh vest can be purchased to help ensure that the wearer is visible to traffic. All sizes are available.

We hope you will all come to the Expo and attend the presentations. I will be there all day, so stop by and say hello.

Carol Higgins Taylor is director of communications at Eastern Area Agency on Aging. E-mail Higgins Taylor at chtaylor@eaaa.org. For information on EAAA, call 941-2865, toll-free (800) 432-7812, e-mail info@eaaa.org or log on EAAA.org. TTY 992-0150.

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