Isabelle Coleman checks out the information available at a Healthy Living Expo put on by York County Community Action Corporation’s Thriving in Place program at Trafton Senior Center in Sanford in this file photo from  2017. The 2018 Healthy Living Expo is set for April 2. TAMMY WELLS/Journal Tribune File Photo

Isabelle Coleman checks out the information available at a Healthy Living Expo put on by York County Community Action Corporation’s Thriving in Place program at Trafton Senior Center in Sanford in this file photo from 2017. The 2018 Healthy Living Expo is set for April 2. TAMMY WELLS/Journal Tribune File Photo

SANFORD — Want to dance? How about some yoga, or Tai Chi? thinking about getting your hands n the garden soil come spring? Does “Engaging Aging” sound intriguing?

Seniors age 65 and older and those with disabilities can see some demonstrations and get more information on these activities and more on April 2, when the program called Thriving in Place hosts its annual Health Living Expo.

The event will be held at the Trafton Center  and the Elks Lodge, which are side by side on Elm Street in Sanford. The event is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The day will kick off with a presentation by Dr. Susan Wehry, Chief of Geriatrics at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

Her topic will be “Engaging Aging.” 

“In this upbeat and provocative presentation, Dr. Wehry will make the case that aging well means neither defying nor denying aging, but rather engaging the process,” said Robin Hewitt Bibber of Thriving in Place York County. 

She’ll help folks discover how to turn the good fortune of getting old into growing old, and remain vital across life span, event organizers said. Wehry is a geriatric psychiatrist with more 30 years’ experience as a physician leader and educator and is the former Commissioner of Vermont’s Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living. 

“A passionate spokesperson and advocate, she is determined to turn the tables on stigma and ageism,” said Bibber.

The event will feature several fitness and wellness demonstrations, such as Tai Chi, Yoga, and Dance. There will be a knitting table (bring your own knitting to join), adult coloring, trivia and gardening demonstrations. 

The Expo will feature a broad range of exhibitors representing local health and wellness agencies, who will provide information about available resources and services for seniors and disabled people. 

Blood pressure and blood sugar checks will be provided by area home health agencies. York County Sheriff’s Department will drop by and pick up unwanted medications for disposal. 

Lunch will be available in the Café for a small charge.  

Music will be provided by Elaine Holland. 

Transportation to is available for Sanford/Springvale residents via the Sanford Transit, which has a bus stop at the Trafton Center. 

“Come join us for a day of fun, entertainment and good health and shake off those winter blues,” said Bibber.

For more information about the Healthy Living Expo, contact Bibber at 459-2989.  

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 324-4444 (local call in Sanford) or 282-1535, ext. 327 or [email protected]



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