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Senior expo a valuable resource

POSTED: February 12, 2013 12:00 p.m.
 

According to the 2010 Census, 10 percent of Forsyth County is made up of people age 65 or older. That means our senior population totals more than 18,000.

If you are a senior or you know one who lives here, please listen.

Saturday is the 11th annual Forsyth County Senior Expo at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center.

If you want to find out about all things for seniors, this is a fun and free event to attend.

There are so many resources for local seniors to take advantage of. Mike Bohn, director of senior services, told me he’s expecting at least 80 vendors at the information-packed event.

Expo visitors can learn about planning for the future, health care, housing, finances, safety, security, recreation and travel.

 “We want seniors to know what is out there and all of the services that are available to them,” Bohn said.

For example, many seniors may not know that Hearthstone Lodge has an indoor, heated swimming pool for those 50 or older. The dues are nominal. And Bohn said it also offers exercise classes.

During a recent tour of Sexton Hall Enrichment Center on Sharon Road, I happened to pick up its latest activity/class schedule. I was amazed at the offerings, including ballroom dancing, art courses and a variety of exercise classes.

In addition, the Sawnee Artist Association has a wonderful display of original artwork, with all of the pieces for sale. If you haven’t already done so, please check out this facility.

“We are always looking for ways to engage with our seniors and find out what they want,” Bohn said.

Senior services offers an amazing Sunshine Respite Program, which gives a much-needed and necessary break to the caregivers of those who care for Alzheimer’s patients.

Bohn told me that Forsyth County is part of a 13-county agency on aging for our region and that the program here is the largest.

“We are looking to expand our program because of the growing need in our community,” Bohn said.

I love that we live in a community that has such an appreciation for our seniors.

“We have so many unique seniors who have accomplished so much. I am constantly blown away when I learn of their amazing accomplishments,” Bohn said.

Please consider coming out and supporting the senior expo Saturday.

Adlen Robinson is author of “Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home.” E-mail her at contact@adlenrobinson.com.

 

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