Seniors Fair sees record numbers
The Random Age-Friendly Communities board hosted a successful Seniors’ Age-Friendly Information Fair.
The event has grown by leaps and bounds, and is now highly anticipated as a great venue to promote products and services to the seniors market.
On Oct. 18, the sixth annual Seniors’ Information Fair saw record numbers with 215 seniors participating in the event. All seniors received a Random Age-Friendly Communities tote.
Forty-one businesses and organizations from St. John’s to Gander had 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.
Four of these businesses were first-time exhibitors.
The fair has grown from 25 exhibitors in 2013 to 41in 2018. The organizers are pleased that the Clarenville Middle School can accommodate such a 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 thanked the Random Age-Friendly Communities organization for the work they put into offering such a huge event and indicated how proud the town is to have such a worthwhile and essential event for our seniors.
Terra Nova MHA Colin Holloway echoed Smith’s comments about how valuable and meaningful such events are to our seniors.
President Robert Rogers spoke on behalf of the NL 50+ Federation. The Newfoundland and Labrador 50 + Federation Inc. is 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.
The Fair provided valuable information on medical alarms, care givers, prescription drugs, home care services, banking, legal, health, dental, nutrition, eye care, hearing services, grocery services, debt relief, fitness and recreation, government programs, Red Cross services, funeral services and solutions, real estate, therapeutic rehabilitation, Canadian Cancer Society supports, furniture, home health aids, income tax preparation, driver safety, violence prevention, disability resources, energy conservation, housing support services, police, Clarenville Region Extended Seniors’ Transportation (CREST), etcetera.
Two Seniors’ Groups—Twin Towns 50+ and GATHER provided information on their safe social settings where people can meet friends new and old and they extended an invitation for new members to join.
The Book and Puzzle Exchange is always a popular feature where people were encouraged to bring books and/ or puzzles for exchange or to browse through the titles that were there and take one home.
An information session on the financial assessment process was delivered by David Shea and Wanda Simmons of Eastern Health. The presentation generated a lot of good conversation and a number of questions were asked.
All participants of the Fair were served a tasty soup and sandwich luncheon. Prizes, donated by businesses and organizations in the Clarenville area, were drawn for throughout the day.
The day ended with a skit by Bill and Ruth Wells who portrayed the well-known characters of Archie and Edith Bunker. It was a great laugh.
Larry Reid, chairperson of Random Age-Friendly Communities board, says there is no doubt that the Fair was another great success.
The Fair is a great way to get practical information on services and programs to seniors. It is also a great way to promote social inclusion and education.
He thanked the local businesses and organizations for their support over the past six years and he thanked all the volunteers, especially the two high school students —Taylor and Erin Russell — who helped throughout the day. Without volunteers the Fair would not be possible.
He indicated that we’ve seen this Fair experience explosive growth and that the Random Age-Friendly Communities board will continue to work at making this event even more relevant to seniors of all ages.
He thanked the town of Clarenville for helping make Clarenville an Age-Friendly Community.
Together, the Town and Random Age-Friendly Communities have a plan to make Clarenville a great place to live and age and a top priority is access to information.
Tracey Fleming of Violence Prevention East, one of the exhibitors at the Seniors’ Age-Friendly Information Fair, provided information about her services.