Take 5: Boomer, Senior & Caregiver Expo will be held Aug. 28

Aug. 17, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

This week, we Take 5 with Judi Womack and Melanie Rogers of The Enrichment Center of Lee County about this year’s Boomer, Senior & Caregiver Expo, scheduled for Aug. 28 at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford. Womack serves as the expo coordinator and a caregiver advisor for the Center, while Rogers is the organization’s administrative & marketing specialist.

This is the 11th annual Boomer, Senior & Caregiver Expo. Who can attend and what’s new this year?

The Boomer, Senior & Caregiver Expo is the premier event in the area catering to this market. All adults are welcome to attend. There are several new vendors and sponsors this year. They include Artistic Designs by Kathryn, Big Screen Beauty Salon, Cancer Centers of North Carolina, Better Business Bureau of Eastern NC, Family Veterinary Hospital, Harrington/Gilleland/Winstead/Feindel & Lucas, LLP, NC Housing Coalition, Outreach Dental Semi Program, Piedmont Health Senior Care (PACE), St. Joseph of the Pines, The Pampered Chef, Volunteerlee.com and many more! Be sure to read The Sanford Herald’s Boomer, Senior & Caregiver Expo special insert on Saturday, Aug. 24, where you will find a complete list of vendors.

Tell us more about your theme of “Living Well.”

Everything offered at the Boomer, Senior & Caregiver Expo focuses on Living Well, and is free. At the top of the list are the free health screenings. Proactive and preventative healthcare, which includes screenings, will keep you in touch with your body’s health needs and concerns. The educational seminars offered at the Expo focus on today’s health and wellness concerns and are presented by professionals in their field. From “Treatment for Ringing in the Ears,” by Dr. Angela Bright Pearson, Bright Audiology, to “Protect Your Financial Future,” by Barbara Bennett, N.C. Dept. of The Secretary of State/Securities Division, you will be more informed after hearing from these professionals. Hobbies, pet therapy, pampering and salon services help us maintain, “Living Well.” Many vendors will offer information and free services on this day. All adults will have an opportunity to experience resources and information from businesses first-hand all under one roof. A list of the free screenings and seminars will be in The Herald’s Boomer, Senior & Caregiver special insert on Aug. 24.


What keeps the Boomer, Senior & Caregiver Expo so successful?

Everything is free: parking, admission, health screenings, seminars, vendor information, services and Bingo! How is it all free? Many thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. Our lead sponsors are Advance Behavioral Center Inc., Ammons Chiropractic Clinic, Bright Audiology, Carolina Women’s Fitness Center, Central Carolina Hospital, St. Joseph of the Pines and UNC Physicians Network. Our Platinum Sponsors are The Sanford Herald, The Bayberry Retirement Inn, Outreach NC, WWGP/WFJA, AARP, Family Chiropractic Center, Total Life Care, Kerr Drug, Liberty Medical Specialties, First Health of the Carolinas, Liberty HomeCare & Hospice, First Bank, WLHC Life 103.1 and Duke Medicine. Volunteers at the event will be allowed to participate in the free health screenings and browse the exhibits prior to the doors opening to attendees. The ribbon cutting will take place at 9:45 a.m. Doors open at 10 a.m.

Why is it important for the Boomer, Senior & Caregiver audience to attend an event such as this? Foremost, having 100+ vendors under one roof providing information and resources face to face happens only once a year in Lee County. Whether you are active and healthy Baby Boomers currently “Living Well,” a senior who has recently retired or is still working or a family caregiver needing assistance in caring for a loved one, the Boomer, Senior & Caregiver Expo will provide all attendees with resources, health screening results and knowledge. Each year this event provides its audience with quality services, products, respite and wellness options and lots of fun. Surveys and suggestions maintain an up-to-date focus with the ever-changing needs of this population. Attendees will experience time face to face with multiple vendors and walk away with resources, information and extras to take home.

How can a business or agency get involved in the Boomer, Senior and Caregiver Expo?

We usually have approximately 100 vendors every year with a waiting list. It is very important to get your name on the list a year ahead. Call or email Judi Womack at (919) 776-0501, ext. 2230 or jwomack@leecountync.gov. We wish we could accommodate everyone; however, we are limited on space and must secure vendors on a first-paid basis. Everyone who attends and participates in this event benefits and has fun.

Reminder: The 11th Annual Boomer, Senior & Caregiver Expo will be held from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center on Nash Street, Sanford. The general public is invited and all adults welcome! Door prizes awarded throughout the event. If you need further information, contact Expo Coordinator Judi Womack at (919)776-0501, ext. 2230.