Senior Living Expo highlights services
— The 2018 Senior Living Expo, presented by The Star Democrat and sponsored by Regent Healthcare, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health and AARP Maryland, took place Friday, March 23 in the Health Professions and Athletic Center building at Chesapeake College. The expo showcased some 50 vendors offering resources and information for senior citizens on such topics as healthy eating and lifestyle, wellness, housing, aging in place, Medicare, transportation, mobility, investments, real estate, retirement planning, travel, scams and identifty theft and more. The information was accompanied by a plethora of free goodies ranging from pens, pencils and nail files to stress balls, tooth brushes and tote bags. Tidewater Physical Therapy provided exercise bands with a workout guide. Herl’s Bath and Tile Solutions gave away glass cleaning cloths. Many booths offered participants the opportunity to enter drawings for larger prizes, such as a Phillips Sonicare tooth brush from Eastern Shore Dental Care and a Fire 8 with Alexa from Caroline Nursing and Rehabilation Center. Lions Club International offered free vision screenings. Chesapeake Hearing Centers provided free hearing tests. Breakout sessions included “What is Palliative Care?” by Dr. Lakshmi Vaidyanathan with UM Shore Regional Health; “How to Maintain a Fit Brain” by Dr. Allan Anderson with Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; “Overview of Aging in Place” by Regent Healthcare consultants Melissa Pittman and Tricia Joseph; “Exploring Alternative Sources to Help Fund Retirement, Long Term Care and More” by Steven C. Goss with Goss Associates; “Spotting and Stopping Fraud” by Marcy Gouge with AARP Maryland; and “Not Your Grandmother’s Funeral” by undertaker Ryan Helfenbein with Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home. Admission was free, and participants didn’t go hungry. VNA of Maryland provided a continental breakfast; The Star Democrat provided lemonade and fresh fruit; Anne Arundel Gastroenterology Associates offered fiber bars; and many of the vendors offered candy and bottled water.
Cynthia Wagner of Avon-Dixon Insurance Agency, left, discusses services with Myles Patrick of Chestertown during the Senior Living Expo March 23 presented by The Star Democrat.