Se­nior Liv­ing Expo high­lights ser­vices

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— 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.

PHOTO BY AN­GELA PRICE

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.

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