Senior Expo on the horizon

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Breakout sessions, exhibits offer information

For years, Senior Life Solutions Program Director Susan Poehling has had a dream — hosting an Expo.

That goal will be met on Sept. 28, when at least 14 groups will host a booth or make a presentation at the inaugural Silver Discovery Senior Expo, running from 8 a.m. to noon at the Clark Center Compton building, located at 411 3rd Street in Monett.

“We’ve wanted an expo with the presenters right there to give people hands-on help,” Poehling said. “An event like this has been one of my visions all along. We’ve had ads on the radio, and if we get at least 50 people, I would be happy. Any more than that and I would be ecstatic.”

The event will feature breakout sessions restarting every 30 minutes from 8:30-11 a.m., as well as informational booths set up throughout the entire Expo.

“The Expo is free and open to the public, and we’re offering information for seniors and caregivers,” Poehling said. “There are some adult children, people in their 40s to 60s, that have older parents they care for, and they can get some valuable info.”

The following groups will host breakout sessions:

• Hospice Compassus & Oak Pointe Assisted Living, Advance Directives and Notary Services

• Lacoba Homes Inc., Medicare vs Advantage Plans

• Mercy Cassville’s Senior Life Solutions, Improving Quality of Life in Aging

• OACAC, Weatherization Assistance Program and Tips

• Integrity Home Health, Dementia Symptoms and Caregiver Care

• Instead, Senior Fraud

• CLAIMS, Medicare Advocate will assist with Medicare needs (please bring Medicare card)

“The sessions restart every half hour, so people can decide which session they would like to go to and when,” Poehling said. “Also, if people bring their Medicare cards, there will be advocates there who can answer any questions about the plans.”

Other exhibitors with valuable resources include:

• Southwest Center for Independent Living

• Aurora Nursing Center

• Avalon Hospice

• Planned Wellness

• Mo. Department of Health & Senior Services, Senior & Disability Services

• Clark Center

• Cox Monett Hospital

Coffee and donuts will be served at the event, and door prizes will be awarded.

Poehling said the Monett location was chosen because of how centralized it is within the service area of Silver Discovery, which is the parent program of Senior Life Solutions.

“We serve a 50-square-mile area, and we meet more often in Monett because it’s so centralized,” she said. “Also, the Clark Center donated the space, which we are very thankful for.”

Silver Discovery has about 15 member organizations that actively pay dues, which are $25 annually, but Poehling said up to 30 organizations have attended meetings at once. Dues pay for events like the Expo, and leftover funds at the end of the year are donated to a senior-focused non-profit.

“We hope to see it grow because we want to help seniors as much as we can,” she said. “We want to spread the word that we are here.”

For more information about the Expo, people may call 417-847-6042. Anyone who would like to be a presenter or host a booth may contact Kathy Shepard at 417-235-3500.

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