15th annual Senior Health and Living Expo draws hundreds of seniors

Published on Wednesday, 19 October 2016 16:09 - Written by Melissa McTee, mmctee@tylerpaper.com

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Tyler resident Courtney Klepfer feels it was a gift to be given the chance to work so closely with the seniors of East Texas.

Mrs. Klepfer has worked not only in long-term care, but also assisted living and memory care for nearly 10 years. With all the different roles and opportunities that working in senior living has brought to her life, she jumped at the chance to be a chairman on the Senior Resource Committee with the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce and helped host the 15th annual Senior Health and Living Expo at Harvey Convention Center on Wednesday in Tyler.

“We have all of the major hospitals here, along with the Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County,” Mrs. Klepfer said, adding that nearly 1,000 seniors from all over East Texas had come to Wednesday’s event. “There are all sorts of screenings from glucose to memory screenings. They are providing numerous services for these seniors that may not normally have the access through Medicare.”

The expo included 100 vendors, many of them reflecting the expo's "rainforest" theme with their heavily decorated tables in several layers of green or rainforest-inspired decorations and prizes.

Along with the vendors and health screenings, some businesses offered refreshments and giveaways. 

“It is important for us as a community to be able to come together with the major hospitals to provide all of these health screenings for the seniors in our community,” Mrs. Klepfer said. “We are excited to be here today providing all these services to our seniors.”

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