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More than 100 vendors welcomed an overwhelming crowd of visitors to the 2019 Senior and Caregiver Expo Fall Extravaganza held October 25 at the Soprema Senior Center and Community Center Field House, 617 School Drive, Wadsworth.

All aspects of health and aging, anything even remotely related to enhancing and facilitating life for the community's senior population - medical, emotional, entertainment, residential, social, spiritual - was addressed in a very comfortable atmosphere at the free three-hour event.

Among those things available to guests was Information on: the many living options/arrangements that featured in-home or relocation choices; specific areas of concern such as vision, hearing, and back/neck discomfort; guidance on medications; legal, financial, and veteran assistance; easy to operate electronic aids that included digital books and vision-enhanced phones; and comfortable ways to make final arrangements.

For those interested in a bit of appropriate exercising, specialists led groups in fun but gentle work-outs. Many of the attendees were repeat visitors who look forward to this popular event every year. One first-time visitor, Anita Stricklen, could only say, "I am so impressed by how much is (offered) here."

Visitors not only received valuable services such as flu shots, a variety of health screenings to check hearing and vision, and massages, but they were given tote bags, courtesy of SUMMA Health, in which to carry all the distributed written material, vendors' prizes, and treats found at each table --- Happy Halloween, there were buckets and buckets of candy.

One hour prior to the 10 a.m. door-opening, caregivers were invited to gather in the Caregiver VIP Station for a relaxing hour of socialization, relaxation and refreshments. All visitors were encouraged to enjoy a Soprema Cafe lunch special of marinated chicken breast, sweet potato souffle, garden salad, and cookies for only $5.50.

To enter the drawing for one of the many door prizes, visitors could fill out and turn in a short five-question survey form evaluating their experience before leaving. Winners would be notified by phone the following Monday.

This event is made possible by the presenting partners - Soprema Senior Center and Cafe, Wadsworth YMCA, SUMMA Health System, and Wadsworth City Schools - and funded by the Wadsworth Older Adults Foundation and a Family Caregiver Grant from the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging (WRAAA).

Watch for further news about the upcoming signature event, "25 Days of Christmas." Between December 2 and December 20, 25 lucky ticket holders will each receive a fantastic gift basket valued at $500; the final basket presented on the last day will be worth $2,000. Tickets for this event are $10 and can be purchased at the Soprema Senior Center. Each $10 ticket donation supports the Center.

To learn more about this and other exciting events, or the countless programs available to seniors, please contact the Soprema Senior Center at 330-335-1513.