The eighth annual People Plus Senior Health Expo will be held this year at the Brunswick Recreation Center. (Contributed photo)

The eighth annual People Plus Senior Health Expo will be held this year at the Brunswick Recreation Center on Thursday, Oct 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free and the first 500 people at the event will get a free gift bag and free activities will be held throughout the morning.  

The Expo gives attendees the opportunity to learn what services are available in the Midcoast region to live a longer, healthier life,” states a People Plus press release. 

Maine has the highest percentage of older adults in the country, according to People Plus, and the Midcoast is where this population is growing the fastest.  

The Expo provides an excellent opportunity to learn about products and services in the categories of medical services, fitness and health, technology, legal, community services, housing/respite care, and finance,” the release states. 

“At Mid Coast-Parkview Health, we participate in the Senior Health Expo because we believe supporting local seniors is an integral part of our mission to care for the health of our community,” said Randee Reynolds, vice president for Community Health at Mid Coast-Parkview Health, in the release“Our care network has a wide variety of resources to offer seniors in the Midcoast area, including Mid Coast SecureCare, a 24-hour emergency alert service locally managed by Mid Coast Senior Health. Mid Coast Senior Health also provides a complete range of health-care services and living options for the elderly, suited to their unique needs, ranging from rehabilitation to hospice. The Senior Health Expo is a fantastic opportunity to both interact with the community we serve daily, and spread the word to seniors and their loved ones about all that Mid Coast Senior Health has to offer.” 

“Attending the People Plus Senior Health Expo each year provides an opportunity to offer up-to-date information and trends regarding our services,” said Christopher Ladner of Brackett Funeral Home in the release. “The Expo is a one-stop venue for attendees to gain valuable understanding of the many services being offered in their communityIn support of People Plus’ efforts throughout our community for many years, the Expo provides us a wonderful casual environment to meet people interested in learning more about our services and reconnecting with those we’ve served in the past.” 

Free activities throughout the event include CHANS flu shot clinic, a technology help desk courtesy of Ralph Lewis with MacCarefall risk screenings with Healthy Living for ME, chance to win free tickets on the Amtrak Downeasterperformances by Nor’easters Barbershop Chorusvideo otoscope Screenings with Mary’s Affordable Hearing Aids, massages from Massage on Maine, reiki treatments with Hearts and Handscar winterization tips with Bill Dodge Auto Groupfree Tai Chi demo classes from Coastal Qigong, and an indoor walking track. 

Other activities include Yellow Dot registration, Good Morning and Volunteer Transportation Network program registration, and book signings and author chats courtesy of the People Plus Write On Writers group. Free Wicked Joe Coffee and treats will be provided, and light lunch will be available for purchase courtesy of Cohen on the Meadows with Spectrum Generations. 

“I just learned recently that by the year 2025, one-quarter of Maine’s population will be over age 65,” said People Plus Executive Director Stacy Frizzle.  “Our job is to connect all those residents with the area service providers and the Expo is the perfect place to do it.” 

Public transportation will be available to the Brunswick Recreation Center during the event courtesy of The Brunswick Explorer. Several return bus rides from the Brunswick Recreation Center will be made available. 

The Brunswick Recreation Center is located at 220 Neptune Drive on Brunswick Landing. 

Admission is free and open to the public. 

This event is made possible by the support of Lead Partners, Coastal Landing Retirement Community and Mid Coast-Parkview Healthand additional Partners The Vicarage by the Sea, Spectrum Generations and The Times Record. Sponsors include Avita of Brunswick/Sunnybrook Senior LivingBill Dodge Auto Group, Brackett Funeral Home, Bridges Home Services, Healthy Living for ME, Neighbors, Inc,, and The Highlands along with Refreshment Sponsors Androscoggin Home Healthcare and Hospice and Wicked Joe Coffee. Space for the event is provided by the town of Brunswick. 

For more information visit peopleplusmaine.org or call (207) 729-0757. 

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