The 17th annual Senior Expo is Thursday, May 19, at the Merillat Complex on the Huntington University campus from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event is free for all guests and corresponds with National Older American’s Month.
This major fundraiser for the Council will include 75 booths, free breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and door prizes. Each year the Expo brings in more than 1,000 visitors.
“We’ve worked really hard to bring in vendors that provide services for our seniors as we strive very hard to have seniors stay in their homes as long as possible,” said Dick Murray, assistant director for the County Council on Aging.
Categories for this year’s Expo include funeral homes, insurance companies, orthopedic shoes, hearing aid companies, Medicare and Medicaid insurance specialists, mobile phone companies, and business that provide services to aid in home repairs and care.
In the past, the wellness screenings have been available, but with healthcare facilities short-staffed, those services are limited for this year.
“We’ll have the Huntington County Health Department doing weight and oxygen checks and Parkview Behavioral Center offering stress management tips,” Murray said.
Huntington Police and Huntington County Sheriff’s departments will collect expired or unused medications.
The Expo is proud to have sponsors feeding the guests. Morrison Living is providing breakfast, and Miller’s Merry Manor will serve lunch. Envive Healthcare and Heritage Pointe Communities will offer snacks.
Another fun aspect of the Expo is the Passport. As guests enter, they will be given a passport brochure. As they visit booths, the vendors will mark off their businesses on the passport. When the guests have 50% of the businesses marked off, they submit it for entry into a drawing.
Duke Energy will provide $50 gift cards to twelve winners.
Throughout the day, other door prizes will be awarded. Those prizes have been provided from a wide variety of businesses in Huntington County.
For those needing transportation, HAP will be running all day and will pick up anywhere in Huntington County. The service is free for riders 60 or older.
To ensure service, a reservation should be made the day before. The number is 260-356-3006. Spots fill up quickly, so it’s recommended that riders call as far in advance as possible.