Plans underway for OACAC Senior Fair

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

C Neighborhood Center is still accepting vendors for its 2013 senior fair, which will be held at the Crowder College Cassville Campus Community Center from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday, Sept. 20.

"This was such a fun event last year," said Gail Reed, Barry County OACAC director. "We have a lot of information available to help seniors and senior caregivers. We are planning to offer some different information from new vendors this year."

So far, about 50 vendors have registered to attend the fair.

"We will have screenings for vision, dental and hearing," Reed said, "and this year we plan to offer hearing aid cleaning service."

In addition, seniors can find information on various service agencies including assisted living, in-home health care, pre-arranged funeral plans, local medical supply vendors and nutrition.

"The University of Missouri Extension will offer information on the nutritional needs of seniors," Reed said. "We will also have representatives from both Mercy and Cox hospitals, AARP, pharmacies, clinics, senior centers and more."

Cassville Area YMCA and Cassville Bowl will offer information on recreational activities and opportunities for seniors.

This year's event will showcase home security and disaster services available to seniors, in addition to emergency information from the Barry County E911 Center.

"The Cassville YMCA will feature the Silver Sneakers program," Reed said. "We're very excited to have them attend this year."

Admission to the senior fair is free, and refreshments will be available. Attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for door prize drawings that will be held throughout the event.

Businesses and organizations can obtain vendor applications at the Barry County Neighborhood Center, which is located on Highway 248 in Cassville.

"We had about 100 people at last year's fair," Reed said. "We hope to top that number this year."

For more information, call Reed at 847-2140.

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