This weekend, seniors, their families and caregivers will have a chance to check out what Forsyth County offers its senior citizens.
On Saturday from 10 a.m.-1p.m., Forsyth County Senior services will host the 15th annual Forsyth Senior Expo at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center. At the event, attendees will be able to speak with businesses catering to seniors.
“Basically what it is is a big kind of fair,” said Ruthie Brew, director of the county’s Senior Services Department. “There’s going to be lots of vendors — 50-plus vendors — everything from home care to senior residential living, legal services, medical aids, Lifeline pendants, all kinds of businesses and services that are specifically to older adults.”
The event will also feature refreshments, door prizes and health screenings.
“We’ll have nonprofits that have services and benefits for older adults,” Brew said. “We’ll have health screenings, and we’ll have refreshments.
We’ll have a bingo game going so people can win door prizes, and it’s just a big day of lots of walking around and meeting people, and everything is for seniors.”
Brew said the event will also help Senior Services provide programming for seniors in need.
“All of these vendors that are having tables there are making a donation to our programs,” she said. “Specifically for our needier adult programing, which is that programming which takes place at Charles’ Place, and that’s the congregate meal program, the respite care program and the Meals on Wheels for homebound seniors.”
The event is free to attend and more information can be found online at Forsythco.com/seniors or by calling senior services at (770) 781-2178.
Brew said the expo requires a good bit of walking and that she is expecting a big crowd.
“It is specifically for older adults, their families and their caregivers to connect with area businesses and services that can meet their needs,” she said. “We expect over 1,500 attendees — that’s how many we’ve had in past years. So, there’s a lot of people passing through to see what all is going on.”