Seniors’ fair still growing
The Seniors’ Age-Friendly Information Fair hosted by the Random Age-Friendly Communities board is growing each year.
On Oct. 19, the fifth annual Seniors’ Information Fair gave 41 businesses and organizations – four new and 37 from previous years – an opportunity to tell seniors and their family members about the products or services they offer and to showcase their ability to meet the needs of a growing market of older adults.
The fair has increased from 25 exhibitors in 2013 to 41in 2017. Organizers are pleased that Clarenville Middle School can accommodate such large numbers of exhibitors.
Leo Bonnell, vice-chair of Random Age-Friendly Communities, emceed the event while Deputy Mayor Heber Smith brought greetings on behalf of the Town of Clarenville. Smith indicated how proud the town is to host such a worthwhile and essential event.
Joanne Freeman, constituency assistant for Terra Nova MHA Colin Holloway, brought greetings on his behalf and echoed Smith’s comments about how valuable and meaningful such events are to our seniors.
Sam Saunders spoke on behalf of the NL 50+ Federation, an umbrella organization that represents over 132 clubs and groups in the province. The federation is devoted to the welfare and best interests of the seniors of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Approximately 225 people from the Clarenville region attended the fair.
All seniors received a tote including valuable information on products and services such as medical alarms, care givers, prescription drugs, home care services, and more.
Two seniors’ groups—Twin Towns 50+ and GATHER – provided information on their safe social settings, where people can meet friends new and old. They extended an invitation for new members to join.
A book and puzzle exchange was held again this year. People were encouraged to bring books and/or puzzles for exchange.
Two information sessions held throughout the day were a significant part of the event. Mary Hynes of Newfoundland Funeral Solutions gave a presentation on pre-arranging and pre-funding funerals, and Tony Rose of Fire Emergency Services NL presented on fire prevention and emergency preparedness.
Both presentations generated a lot of good conversation and questions.
Fair participants were served a tasty soup and sandwich luncheon. Prizes, generously donated by businesses and organizations in the Clarenville area, were drawn for throughout the day.
The day ended with music provided by the ever-popular Art & Austin. Many danced while others clapped or sang along with their favourites.
Larry Reid, chairperson of Random Age-Friendly Communities board, feels the fair was another great success and a great way to get practical information on services and programs to seniors to assist them and promote social inclusion and education.
He thanked local businesses, organizations and volunteers for their support, and the Town of Clarenville for helping make Clarenville an age-friendly community where seniors can age actively, live in security and enjoy good health.
The town and Random AgeFriendly Communities have a plan to make Clarenville a great place to live and age, and one of the priorities is access to information and service.
Seniors end their day at the fair dancing to the music of Art & Austin.
Photos courtesy of Random Age-Friendly Communities
Seniors make their way around to visit each exhibitor to gain valuable information on their services and products.