TAKE 5: Screenings, information and fun promised during expo

Aug. 16, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

This week, we Take 5 with Judi Womack and Melanie Rogers from The Enrichment Center of Lee County about this year's annual Boomer, Senior & Caregiver Expo, scheduled for Aug. 27 at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. Womack, a caregiver advisor at the Enrichment Center, is the coordinator for the event, and Rogers serves as the organization's administrative and marketing assistant.

This is the 12th annual Boomer, Senior & Caregiver Expo. What keeps this event so popular and the attendance high?

The Boomer, Senior & Caregiver Expo is the premier event in the area catering to this market. Baby Boomers are all over the map; some are retiring, and others are continuing to work. Some Baby Boomers are primary family caregivers to a parent or other loved one, and some have older children at home or in college. Seniors are finding themselves parenting again, whether it's a grandchild, niece or nephew.

In other words, people are continuing to age and need information and resources for retirement and family caregiving as well as hobbies and their health. These folks are curious and hungry for resources and information. It is a fun day for people to get out and socialize, shop for products and services and be entertained and educated. Be sure to read The Herald’s Boomer, Senior & Caregiver Expo special insert, coming next Saturday, where you will find a complete list of vendors.

What topics will be presented by experts in their field?

Current aging topics will include the latest advances in health care, insurance, Medicare, retirement, fitness, transition and warning signs of dementia. Door prizes will be given at each seminar. The mini-seminars are scheduled about every 25 minutes and are held in the auditorium and classroom 102 of the civic center.

According to the Administration on Aging, seniors are one of the fastest growing segments of the population. Seniors today typically research their options when it comes to aging and health care; they want to know what's out there. Even the Boomer population who have aging parents want to learn their choices as well. The seminars are free, and you'll find a complete list of them in The Herald’s Boomer, Senior & Caregiver Expo special insert. Take advantage of the seminars; you'll leave with a wealth of knowledge on each topic.

Why exhibit at the Boomer, Senior and Caregiver Expo?

Some of the reasons our vendors have shared with us include the ability to reach a captive audience and generate new customers; gain direct face-to-face contact with business owners, boomers, seniors, family caregivers and decision-makers; introduce your company to new prospects; reach a very large prospect pool within a short period of time; introduce new products and services; have direct access to the press and radio, participate in live product and service demonstrations; distribute product samples and stay a step ahead of your competition. It's a full-planned day and a lot of fun for everyone involved.

The vendors put a lot of work into their BSCG Expo presence and the participants really appreciate their efforts. The interaction between the attendees and the exhibitors is upbeat. The BSCG Expo is a who's who of everyone offering goods and services to Boomers, Seniors and Caregivers in the region.

What health screenings will be offered, and are they free?

Some of the screenings to be provided include cholesterol, blood glucose, body mass, body fat percentage, bone density measurement, pulmonary function test assessment, blood pressure, hearing, spinal and posture, vision, memory, depression, HIV, Syphilis and Hepatitis C; screening locations are located throughout the civic center. Others include: Ask the Pharmacist, breast health, cardio pulmonary resuscitation demonstrations, cardiac and stroke awareness and health assessment scans. All of these health screenings are free, and flu shots will be offered to Medicare beneficiaries.

We encourage any participant to follow up with their medical provider, especially if their screening results are not within the normal range. Again, you'll find a full list of screenings in The Herald’s BSCG Expo insert in next Saturday's newspaper. There also will be a host of volunteers to direct you and answer questions. Look for them in the bright yellow T-shirts marked EXPO INFO, or in peach smocks or red vests.

Will there be anything fun going on at this year's BSCG Expo?

Of course, there's always something fun! And how about something relaxing? Painting workshops are offered as well as manicures, haircuts and massages. Play a game or two of Bingo; prizes are sponsored by Central Carolina Hospital Auxiliary. Learn how to prepare a healthy snack with kitchen tools by The Pampered Chef. The Sheriff's Department will serve ice cream at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Door prizes are given away on the half hour.

The 12th Annual Boomer, Senior & Caregiver Expo will be held from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center on Nash Street, Sanford. The general public is invited, all adults welcome! Door prizes awarded throughout the event. If you need further information contact Judi Womack, BSCG Expo Coordinator at (919) 776-0501 ext. 2230.