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Residents offered services, options

Senior Expo 2019

Myssi West, A to Z administration assistant, far right, talks about a Hydro Therapy Tub, to Fred Bumstead of Cortland, center, along with Fred's daughter-in-law Mary Bumstead of Cortland, 2nd from right, and Ken Bumstead of Cortland, Fred's son, far left, whie attending the Senior Expo Tuesday at the Metroplex Expo Center. Photo by R. Michael Semple

LIBERTY — “It was extremely informative. I have talked to so many people and gotten a lot of information” were some of the comments shared by Girard resident Carol Bovee as she walked around the inaugural Boomers & Beyond Senior Expo held Tuesday at the MetroPlex Expo Center.

The free event was presented by the Tribune Chronicle and Town Crier Community Newspapers and had many area businesses and agencies assisting residents with questions and concerns on health care and daily living related items, programs and products all geared to those age 55 and older.

The Boomers & Beyond Senior Expo also was sponsored by Joseph Eye and Laser Center in Brookfield and A to Z Dependable Services in Niles.

“We wanted to share with the community services and options that could help them. We want seniors to have the information to continue to be active and independent,” said Sue Shafer, community relations coordinator for the Tribune Chronicle.

Bovee said she was amazed at the services provided, including a station where she had a swab put in her mouth to help determine what medicines would be the best for her and which ones she should avoid.

Mary Bumstead of Cortland was assisting her father-in-law, Fred Bumstead, who has considered getting a walk-in-shower to make it safer for him at home. She herself was setting up an appointment to have her hearing tested and possibly getting hearing aids.

Pat Scherer of Howland, a nurse, said she stopped to see what medical services were available in the community.

“I wanted to find out facts about programs that can help me and members of my family,” she said.

Myssi West, administrative assistant with A to Z Dependable Services, said many people asked her about the walk-in-tub with hydro therapy jets displayed at the event.

“People tell us they like the water therapy, which they can have in their house. They like something that provides easy access to get in and out of,” West said.

Norma Boggess of Braceville said she liked being able to ask questions of so many people.

“Everyone has been very helpful answering my questions. I was told about the event from SCOPE and I am so glad I came here,” she said.

Marge Haley, manager of the Lordstown SCOPE Center, said she was very impressed by all the vendors taking part and speaking with local senior citizens and their families.

“This was very well planned because these are services seniors can benefit from and use,” she said.

Christopher Joseph with Joseph Eye and Laser Center said he received many questions about cataract surgery, macular degeneration and glaucoma.

“We talked to people about any eye service we can help provide them,” he said.

Dan Rowlands, director of marketing with Windsor House, said he answered questions on levels of care as people age and about the 17 Windsor House locations.

“People wanted to get general information on Windsor House. One woman stopped by to tell us her relative is at Liberty Arms and she is 102. What we are doing is giving them information. You never know when that time will come,” Rowlands said.

Bryan Borowski of Staton-Borowski Funeral Home in Warren said people asked about prearranging for funerals and what they need to do.

“Many people are interested in cremations and what is available, They are thinking of setting things up for the future and getting things in order to help their children,” he said.

The event included speakers, health testing such as hearing and glaucoma tests, and door prizes. Entertainment included a dance performance by Trumbull Senior Production Company, a performing arts group for people age 50-plus.

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