Tri-County Abuse Council for Elders (TRACE) will be holding its fifth annual Senior Health and Wellness Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, at the Corbin Technology Center.
Shawn Bingham with TRACE said the event was such a success last year with over 20 vendors and over 100 senior citizens participating that this year it has expanded to a larger venue. Bingham said the technology center provides more flexibility for the event.
TRACE is a nonprofit organization that serves Knox, Laurel and Whitley counties to provide community awareness, prevention and intervention services for senior citizens.
The Senior Health and Wellness Fair provides education to Tri-County citizens ages 55 and up by providing them with information about what the community has to offer for senior citizens.
“There’s a lot of topics that local seniors want to know about and want to hear about,” said Bingham. “They also learn of local resources and branding topics such as neighborhood safety and elder abuse.”
Several professionals will be on hand to speak during the event on a variety of different topics. Speakers will include individuals in the field of law enforcement, pharmacy, finance and law. Topics of discussion will vary in range but may include advocacy, senior bullying and immunizations.
Snacks and lunch, as well as lots of free information from vendors will be provided. Around 30 vendors will be in attendance during the event offering free items, valuable information and free health screenings. Door prizes will be given out too.
The health fair also provides a social outing for many, which is important said Bingham.
“They get to have a nice day,” he said. “We draw for door prizes, have lunch and they can socialize with friends. It seems like it's a nice thing to get to go to a fair and maybe run into someone you don’t see everyday.”
Bingham added that when you’re part of an aging population, it really becomes important to socialize and reminisce with friends and/or recreate a network