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Senior Expo: An Election Day tradition

October 21, 2010

PLYMOUTH — It is now officially an Election Day tradition in Marshall County.
Seniors will not only get to cast their vote, but spend some quality time with friends, get health screenings and find out what kinds of goods and services are available to them as the Marshall County Council on Aging hosts the Senior Expo at the LifePlex on Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The event brings together area businesses that offer programs, products and services for seniors, hundreds of door prizes and entertainment along with good friends and food for a perfect day out. This year’s grand prize is a big screen television. The event is made possible with help from Miller’s Merry Manor, People’s Drug Store, Pilgrim Manor, TCU, South Bend Orthopaedics and St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.
“You want to get knowledge to make good choices but nobody wants to just read dry copy,” said Jackie Wright, director of Marshall County Council on Aging. “This really gives you the opportunity to meet people and do the comparison. You can be active in pursuing your quality of life and have some relationships with it too.”
This year the Expo offers many new free health screenings and a very special way to keep track of them.
“The passport we give everybody will have a special health screening card,” said Janis Holiday, of the Marshall County Council on Aging. “They will be able to go from booth to booth and fill out the card and then take it to their doctor. Barb Holcomb at the hospital helped us put that together.”
Along with many new health screenings there will also be more businesses present to show how they are helping seniors with issues important to them.
Entertainment will include the Bremen High School swing choir, the LaVille Madrigal Singers and Mike Lintner. The senior advocacy group, TRIAD will have a presentation and there will be music throughout the day.
“A lot of companies know that when money is tight it’s really important to get out and talk to your customers,” said Wright. “The vendor really has to meet his client and the client has the opportunity to get straight talk and figure out ‘is this person going to give me the service that I want and need?’”
Older Adult Services will also provide free transportation to the event from anywhere in Marshall County, you can call them 574-936-9904 or toll-free at 1-866-936-9904 for information on transportation or visit http://www.marshallcountycouncilonaging.org for more information
“People want to be empowered and knowledge gives them that empowerment,” said Wright. “That’s part of our mission is to provide that knowledge.”

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