Senior Expo will offer exhibits, entertainment, health screenings, lunch

Published on Tuesday, 11 October 2016 17:41 - Written by BETTY WATERS, blw@tylerpaper.com

The upcoming 2016 Senior Health and Living Expo will provide an opportunity to see what is available in Tyler for seniors, from retirement facilities to health care, from financial institutions to products or services that seniors might use.

The 15th annual senior expo, sponsored by Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 19 at Harvey Convention Center. The event will have a rainforest theme this year, with many of the booths to have rainforest decorations.

Free lunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., including a Chick-Fil-A sandwich, chips, a cookie and a drink.

It is not only for seniors but also for middle-aged people who want to move their parents to Tyler when they get older or anyone caring for seniors, said Henry Bell, the chamber’s chief operations officer.

“It’s to let people see what is available. We don’t want them to feel they have to go out of town to find some of these services,” Bell said.

Approximately 1,400 people usually attend the expo.

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“It has become a popular event in the community and it’s something for seniors to come to. It gives them something else to do. It is totally designed for seniors,” Bell said.

The expo will feature more than 75 exhibitors, free health screenings, senior health information, gift card giveaways and entertainment.

Performers will include guitarist Patrick Odom, the Tyler Senior Center Cloggers, the Tyler Senior Center Line Dancers and Rose City Square Dancers.

Christus Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics will provide screenings for bone density, diabetic retinopathy, flu shots, stroke prevention, nutrition and imaging and representatives from Ross Breast Center.

Eye Care Associates of East Texas will provide vision check, blood pressure check and video ear canal inspection.

East Texas Medical Center will provide screenings for cholesterol/glucose, carotid artery, grip strength, and representatives from the ETMC Breast Center.

The Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County will provide memory screenings.

UT Health Northeast will provide screenings for cholesterol, glucose/blood sugar, blood pressure, and lung function testing, as well as information on how to sleep better.

Exhibitors will include AmeriMed Home Equipment, Andy’s Frozen Custard, Area Agency on Aging/East Texas Council of Governments, Better Business Bureau of Central East Texas, Choice Homecare, Cigna Clear Captions, Compass Hospice of East Texas, Copeland Insurance Group and CP Home Care.

Also, Disciple Place Village, East Texas Aging & Disability Resource Center, East Texas Center for Independent Living, East Texas veterans Alliance, Encompass Home Health, ENT Associates, Genesis Healthcare, Heart to Heart Hospice, HomePointe Home Health, Jordan Health Services/CIMA Hospice, Lloyd James Funeral Home.

Others are Meadow Lake Senior Living Community, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, Pinecrest Nursing and Rehab, Providence Park, Park Place, Colonial of Lindale, ReBath East Texas, Right at Home, Seniorific News, Texas Home Health and Hospice, Texas Spine & Joint Hospital, Azalea Orthopedics, The Stretford at The Cascades, Tyler Junior College School of Continuing Studies, Tyler Senior Center and Watkins-Logan Texas State Veterans Home.

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