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More than 300 people visited the Brunswick Recreation Center, 3637 Center Road, Brunswick, January 17 for the Brunswick Senior Expo presented by the Medina County Office for Older Adults and Brunswick Parks and Recreation.

OOA Executive Director Laura Toth said this was about the 15th year for this popular event that continually attracts large crowds every year. She commented that, in spite of the winter weather, the guests actually anticipate the reliability of its being held every year on this same January Friday. Even with an ice storm last year, about 200 people still managed to show up.

At least 60 vendors were set up and prepared to provide the guests with information about medical services, fitness and health opportunities, legal expectations and explanations, a wide range of community services, enterainment events, financial advice sources, various styles of housing options including both in-home and assisted living, and much more. Free blood pressure screenings were done at the Southwest General Hospital table.

Every vendor offered treats and take-away goodies of some kind to the visitors. Many gave free reusable shopping bags that, in addition to future use at the grocery stores, came in handy for collecting the edible treats and volumes of written explanatory materials containing valuable information.

The Job and Family Services table gave away countless colorful scarves, mittens, and hats that were made by the Medina County Recreation Center Knitting and Crocheting Circle.

Diamond Event Center and Catering introduced its Diamond's Dinner to Go: reasonably priced, fresh homestyle dinners available in microwave-safe containers that could be ordered in advance and picked up weekdays. The widely varying dinner menu selections (each meal, $8) were conveniently printed for the months of January and February.

Officers from the Brunswick and Brunswick Hills Police Departments addressed many safety issues of importance to seniors, among them, recognizing and knowing how to deal with the possible threat of senior scams.

The free event included complimentary coffee and bakery provided by the OOA. Much to the delight of those who enjoy the group excursions, the new 2020 trip brochures were available. To learn more about the services and programs, please call 330-723-9514.