OACAC fair attracts 101 seniors

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Getting physical Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Cassville YMCA Silver Sneakers class instructor Sharon Madison demonstrated the low-impact physical fitness program during the Barry County OACAC Neighborhood Center Senior Fair on Friday. Several attendees stopped to watch the demonstration, which included stretching and toning exercises.

The Barry County OACAC Neighborhood Center Senior Fair attracted 101 seniors and senior caregivers. The event was held at the Crowder College Cassville Campus Community Building last Friday.

"I think it turned out really well," said Gail Reed, Barry County OACAC director. "I thought we had a really good cross section of services. Everyone seemed to enjoy it."

The senior fair featured information from nearly 50 vendors, who represented businesses and organizations from through Barry County and the surrounding area.

Fair offers variety of information Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed OACAC (Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation) offered information on family planning, foster grandparents, Head Start, housing, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Neighborhood Centers and weatherization during the Barry County OACAC Neighborhood Center Senior Fair on Sept. 14. The event was held in the Crowder College Cassville Campus Community Building.

Exhibitors included: Barry County E-911; ACCESS Family Care; Access Home Health Agency; Barry County Council on Aging; the Barry County Health Department; Benchmark Healthcare of Monett; Cassville Health Care and Rehab; the Cassville Senior Center; the Cassville YMCA; the Clark Center.

Consumer Credit Counseling; Cox Health Center Cassville; Division of Senior and Disability Services; Dr. Carolyn Hunter; Equitable Mortgage Corp.; Experience Works; Family Services; Fohn Funeral Home; Foster Grandparents; Funerals by Design.

Gates to Heaven Cemetery; Good Shepherd Hospice; Heritage Medical Clinic; Hospice Compassus; Humana; Integrity Home Care; Relay MO; Legal Aid; Mercy Home Health and Hospice; Mercy Hospital.

Centers featured at fair Democrat Photo/Reed The Cassville Senior Center showcased several of its fundraising programs during the Barry County Neighborhood Center Senior Fair at the Crowder College Cassville Campus Community Building on Friday. Several other local senior centers participated in the event.

Mercy Medical Supply; the Monett Senior Center; OACAC; OATS of Southwest Barry County; Omega Health Care; Lacoba Homes, Inc.; Red Rose Health and Rehab; Safe at Home; Sater Pharmacy; Seniors Helping Seniors.

The Shell Knob Senior Center; Social Security; ARC of the Ozarks; The Independent Living Center; The Ozarks Methodist Manor; Three Rivers Hospice; United Medical and White Funeral Home.

In addition to information, the senior fair offered the following free screenings and services: notary services for durable power of attorney documents; bone density screenings; dental screenings; glucose tests; blood pressure tests; and paraffin bath services.

Sharing information Democrat Photo/Reed Barry County Council on Aging Board member Sue Beck offered information on the organization during the Barry County OACAC Neighborhood Center Senior Fair, which was held at the Crowder College Cassville Campus Community Building on Sept. 14. Nearly 50 businesses and organizations participated in the event.

After signing up for door prizes, enjoying refreshments and browsing the information and services available at the fair, each attendee was invited to offer feedback on the senior fair.

"Numerous people commented on how good the fair turned out," said Reed. "They said they found information on many services that they needed.

"On their comment cards, several said, 'please do this again,'" said Reed. "They also recommended services and information that we could include at next year's event."

Nearly a dozen volunteers helped the Barry County OACAC Neighborhood Center at this year's senior fair. Volunteers were: Shawna Lombard, Michael Avers, LeaLoni Avers, Emilie Johnson, Cindy Halog, Mariah Halog, Donna Youngblood, Sharon Madison, Pat Gray, Alvida Phelps and Anita Scott.

For more information on the senior fair, call Reed at 847-2140.

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