Senior Lifestyle Expo rescheduled to Nov. 28, will include holiday theme

By John Underwood / john@gulfcoastmedia.com
Posted 10/29/18

ROBERTSDALE, Alabama — The South Alabama Regional Planning Commission’s Area on Aging has rescheduled the 2018 Baldwin County Senior Lifestyle Expo to Wednesday, Nov. 28. The event will be held …

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Senior Lifestyle Expo rescheduled to Nov. 28, will include holiday theme

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ROBERTSDALE, Alabama — The South Alabama Regional Planning Commission’s Area on Aging has rescheduled the 2018 Baldwin County Senior Lifestyle Expo to Wednesday, Nov. 28. The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Baldwin County Coliseum, 19477 Fairground Road in Robertsdale.

Originally scheduled for Oct. 10, the event had to be postponed to make the Coliseum available as a storm shelter for victims of Hurricane Michael.

“We have been getting a lot of calls about when the Expo was going to be held after it was cancelled,” said Area Agency on Aging Director Julie McGee. “Local seniors in Baldwin County look forward to this event every year.”

The annual Mobile event has been going on for well over a decade, McGee said, with the Baldwin County event beginning in June of 2012 as a way to better serve its residents.

The following year the event was moved to the fall and in 2015, the Expo celebrated the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Older Americans Act and the establishment of Medicare and Medicaid.

“We’ll have a new theme, ‘Happy Holidays,’ and our event will include the opportunity to take pictures at our Holiday Display,” McGee said.

Other activities will be similar to the originally-scheduled event, McGee said.

South Baldwin Regional Medical Center will once again be the featured health provider for the event, which includes a variety of health screenings. There will also be free vision screenings and flu shots will be available for a small fee.

The event will also feature a “Medicare Mall” providing information for Medicare’s Open Enrollment program. Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 is the time for seniors to review their plans and make any changes that need to be made by the Jan. 1 deadline.

“It is an important and oftentimes complicated decision to make and we will have independent insurance counselors there who can review their plan and work with them to decide what best fits their needs,” McGee said.

Information is also provided regarding programs available through the Area Agency on Aging, McGee said.

The event includes a maximum capacity of 60 vendors, each providing games, prize giveaways and plenty of free handouts.

Participants will also receive a free token for a spin on Cigna Healthspring’s Wheel of Fortune and chances will be available for door prizes with the main prize of a recliner.

The event also includes a marketplace where seniors can purchase a variety of goods provided by local vendors. Personalities from WKRG Channel 5 will also be on hand for meet-and-greet opportunities.

Admission and parking are free and a free healthy lunch will be served.

Anyone wishing more information about the event can call the South Alabama Regional Planning Commission at (251) 433-6541or 251-706-4680.