CHAMPION - Trumbull County Probate Court personnel teamed up with Senior Court members and the Guardian Angels to stage a daylong Senior Safety Summit on Friday at Kent State University at Trumbull.
And visitors like Ann Bobco, 88, and her husband, Harry, 89, made the rounds, stopping by exhibits and vendors in the Administration Building. The couple have been married for 63 years.
''We want to see everything,'' said Ann Bobco, stopping off at the Family and Community Services table where Caring Home Help Director Mary Tuck explained about the many services offered in Trumbull and 10 surrounding counties.
The nonprofit agency is based in Portage County but is affiliated with several local agencies like Valley Counseling and a foster grandparents program.
Seniors were able to get free blood-pressure screening, bone density tests, driving instructions, vision and hearing screening, free smoke detectors, door prizes and other giveaways.
Several senior housing groups also were represented.
''We wanted to put together a program that acquaints our senior citizens in Trumbull County with the services that are available and still allow those various services to network as well,'' said Trumbull Probate Judge Thomas A. Swift.
In the large lecture hall, Lt. Pete Lucic gave the group tips on securing their homes, protecting themselves from consumer fraud, phony charities, and the typical prize and sweepstakes scams.
Later, Dr. Armon Shayesteh, a clinical nutritionist, advised the group on how to stay healthier through weight loss. ''You can be your best doctor,'' he said.
More than 20 local businesses and merchants contributed gifts and giveaways, from Mahoning Valley Scrappers tickets to large gift baskets and dozens of gift certificates.