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Free flu shots, technology help, great speakers and a host of exhibitors make for an informative day at the free Fall Senior Expo Oct. 1 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Freeport. There is ample parking, free admission and no registration.
CHANS will offer free flu shots from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Representatives from senior communities, home health companies, travel, estate management, rehabilitation and many more will showcase their services and be available for questions all day. Those who attend the expo will be able to visit and talk with 38 vendors from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Talks start at 10 a.m., and include new joint options, how to fund your senior life plans, and fun travel options. (See the complete speaker’s list elsewhere.) There are 10 speakers and a free coffee cafe? all day.
BoomerTECH will staff a Q&A table all day. Baffled by something on your smartphone, iPad or laptop? Get help from BoomerTECH.
Thinking about finding in-home care? Need info on diabetes management? Want to see new devices that help folks with hearing loss? There will be lots of products, services and information available.
Interested in exploring senior living options? There will be senior communities represented that offer dementia care, like Vicarage by the Sea, Sedgewood Commons and Cape Memory Care. Other communities, like Bay Square of Yarmouth, Schooner Estates, Brentwood Center and Winship Green, The Pines, Fallbrook Woods, Hawthorne House and Freeport Place, offer a wide range of senior living choices in our region.
Other booths range from women’s personal health, like CS Boutique, to mortgage services like Primary Residential Mortgage, to legacy opportunities like The Catholic Foundation.
For a $5 donation, you can get an antique appraised (benefits the Alzheimer’s Association). The women’s quartet, Highlight, will be singing in the afternoon, and Times Ten will offer free mini-manicures.
The Grand Prize
When you come in, be sure and pick up your free Expo bag, courtesy of Maine Senior Guide and Beach Glass Transitions, your Expo hosts. Now’s the time to enter the drawing for the Grand Prize. Our grand prize includes:
• A night at the Hilton Garden Inn
• Movie tickets at the Nordica Theater
• A $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant
Maine Senior Guide, along with Beach Glass Transitions, is hosting the Fall Senior Expo. Maine Senior Guide is a free online web resource (www.MaineSeniorGuide.com) of senior communities, health care, products, services and information. Principal Deborah McLean works with senior-focused companies to gain online exposure with no limits of distribution or geography.
Lynn Peel, principal of Beach Glass Transitions, offers advice and direction for families helping a senior loved one relocate to safer, more secure housing. A certified Geriatric Care Advisor, Lynn has many years experience navigating the requirements of senior living communities, and all the attendant paperwork of re-settling a loved one. (www.BeachGlassTransitions.com)
We welcome you to the fall expo and look forward to meeting you.
Amanda Poulin and Lisa Garneau, RN, diabetes educators from Novo Nordisk, will hold at one-hour Diabetes Academy to quickly review the basics of diabetes and diabetes management. From warning signs to treatments, they can answer questions and provide resource information. They have an electronic food scale as their session raffle.
Dr. Peter Guay, of Maine Medical Center’s Joint Replacement Center, will talk about new knee replacement options, and the latest remarkable trends in joint replacement in general. Dr. Guay, an orthopedic surgeon, has practiced for 25 years in Maine. A healthy and hefty fruit basket is the session raffle.
Terry Carpentier of Dube Travel will discuss “Traveling as a Senior.”
Come to review:
• The new TSA regulations and what you should have with you if you have had knee or hip replacements, pace makers or any pins in your bones.
• Airline regulations and what’s required for documentation if you are flying or driving out of the country.
• Traveling with groups versus traveling individually.
• How to become a group leader.
• Questions about traveling or destinations.
$50 gift card is raffle prize.
Speaker Julie Ann Peterson is a licensed clinical social worker and
outpatient program supervisor for Health Affiliates Maine. Everyone experiences “the blues” now and then and seniors are no exception. Sometimes we face challenges and changes that leave us wondering how to deal with sad feelings and unexpected struggles in our lives. We need to know the difference between blues and depression, why it is OK to ask for help and how to go about getting it. Come learn strategies and tips for a healthier and happier you.
“From Surviving to Thriving,” with Sheryl M. McWilliams, MPH/RN. Sheryl helped to create the Life Style Choices program at Parkview Adventist Medical Center. Come listen as she outlines how you can manage your lifestyle, including nutrition and activity, to help maintain health and avoid chronic disease. A healthy cookbook is the session raffle.
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Free Coffee Cafe? and community information table. Grab a free cup of coffee as you head into a speaker’s session.
“Tricks of the Aid.” Sometimes injuries and nagging ailments can put a halt to an active lifestyle. The good news is there are so many wellness aids and pain management products available and Travis Beaulieu, marketing manager from This Active Life – A Division of Black Bear Medical, will show attendees how to use aids to prevent injury, perform at our best, or recover from injury. He will give you solutions based upon your lifestyle and what ails you to help you lead a more healthy and active lifestyle.
Learn how foundations can help you make planned gifts and create a legacy. Elizabeth Badger and Serena Chessey will share how the Catholic Foundation of Maine supports special needs and ministries in Maine, and talk about foundations in general. For people in the session, The Foundation will be raffling off a Dove in Flight medallion – a 5-inch silver Lovell Design medallion, lovely as a Christmas ornament or a window decoration.
Falls are not a normal part of aging. Physical therapists from the Safe Strides Balance Program at Gentiva Home Healthcare will talk about Staying Upright as We Age. Learn how practice and education can prevent falls. Learn how to modify your home to maximize safety and get some of the tools necessary to remain independent.
Chris Orestis from Life Care Funding will talk about the very real costs of long-term care, and how a life insurance policy can be converted to pay for assisted living, home care, and other forms of long-term care. Life Care Funding is a national long term care funding company that specializes in converting the death benefit of an in-force life insurance policy in to a long-term care benefit plan. These sessions have $20 restaurant certificate as raffles.
Repeat of Life Care Funding program, above.
Maine Center on Deafness specializes in adaptive equipment for individuals with hearing loss. Learn how to use equipment that can access Maine Relay services through traditional telephone lines and through desktop and mobile devices. Use your smartphone as an assistive listening device and run an app on your tablet to convert speech to text. Successfully navigate the world of hearing loss.
Repeat of Life Care Funding program.