Se­niors Fair sees record num­bers

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Community - Ran­dom Age-Friendly

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.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Tracey Flem­ing of Vi­o­lence Pre­ven­tion East, one of the ex­hibitors at the Se­niors’ Age-Friendly In­for­ma­tion Fair, pro­vided in­for­ma­tion about her ser­vices.

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