Expo fo­cuses on healthy 55+ life­style

Cecil Whig - - OBITUARIES & LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

ELK­TON — The 55+ Healthy Life­style Expo re­turns Aug. 10 for its 15th year.

The expo is held from 8 a.m. un­til 3 p.m. at Elk­ton High School on James Street. Ad­mis­sion is $8, which cov­ers all in­for­ma­tion, ma­te­ri­als, sem­i­nars and lunch. It’s a com­bined ef­fort of Ce­cil Col­lege and the county’s Depart­ment of Com­mu­nity Ser­vices.

“This is one of the best ex­am­ples of com­mit­ted par­tic­i­pa­tion with al­lied agen­cies,” said Sheila Mur­phy, com­mu­nity well­ness chief for the Ce­cil County Depart­ment of Com­mu­nity Ser­vices. “They have worked hand-in-hand to open doors and share re­sources.”

While tar­get­ing Ce­cil County’s sea­soned res­i­dents, or­ga­niz­ers said the work­shops, demon­stra- tions, ser­vices and other in­for­ma­tion and give­aways are also valu­able for those ap­proach­ing re­tire­ment, or who may be a fam­ily mem­ber or care­giver for some­one in that age group.

“One of the goals has been to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on many dif­fer­ent lev­els,” Mur­phy said. “The list of pro­fes­sional or­ga­ni­za­tions is more ex­ten­sive than it has been in pre­vi­ous years.”

“Pow­ers of At­tor­ney and Wills,” “Boost­ing Our Brains, Mind­ing Our Minds,” and “Self De­fense/ De­fen­sive Tac­tics” are among the work­shops at­ten­dees may choose. How­ever it’s not all se­ri­ous­ness. Choose “Zumba Gold,” “Laven­der Dreams,” “Travel, Deals and Des­ti­na­tions” or “Con­tainer Gardening.”

“We’re also try­ing to ap­peal to peo­ple still in the work­force,” Mur­phy said. “Not just the aged and disabled. We want to reach out to a lot of peo­ple in a lot of dif­fer­ent ar­eas.”

Tammy Rap­poselli, pro­gram and event co­or­di­na­tor for life­long learn­ing at Ce­cil Col­lege, said the expo will also of­fer a wide ar­ray of ven­dors for all those in­ter­ests. She said over the past cou­ple of years the event has grown and taken over more rooms inside the high school. Reg­is­tra­tion is also show­ing that growth.

“Last year at this time we had 186 par­tic­i­pants,” Rap­poselli said.

Less than a week be­fore the event, the reg­is­tra­tion was al­ready pass­ing that num­ber. She ex­pects the fi­nal tally will also sur­pass last year’s num­ber of 289 reg­is­tered and at­tend­ing.

“We’re all guess­ing what this year’s num­ber will be,” she said.

To reg­is­ter in ad­vance, or for more in­for­ma­tion call 410-287-1078. Walk in reg­is­tra­tion is also wel­come.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

The busy in­ter­sec­tion at Muddy Lane and Red Hill Road near Elk­ton is about to be trans­formed with the con­struc­tion of a round­about. Al­ready util­ity lines have been moved and large forested ar­eas have been shaved clear to al­low for con­struc­tion of the traf­fic calm­ing de­vice.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

The 55+ Healthy Life­style Expo re­turns Thurs­day at Elk­ton High School with in­for­ma­tion, work­shops, demon­stra­tions and dis­plays.

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