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