Senior Expo Returns to Benefit Seniors

Peter Herbetson, Outreach Program Director Salt Lake County Aging Services explains some of the offerings at the Senior Expo.

Salt Lake County Aging Services is proud to present the 11th annual Senior Expo. This unique collaboration of health care providers, private, public and non-profit organizations allows older adults, their families and caregivers the opportunity to obtain a variety of fee/low cost health screenings and learn about community resources.

This year’s Expo will be held Thursday and Friday October 21-22, 2010 at the South Towne Expo Center, 9575 South State Street, Sandy, Utah. This FREE event will be held in Halls 1 & 2 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm both days. Select Senior Centers across the valley will be offering free transportation to and from the event. To find out if your Senior Center is participating call (801) 468-3740.

George Naughton of Taylorsville has been coming to the Expo for the past seven years. “We just love it! They have all the services you can think of right there under one roof. At the last Expo, I was screened for skin cancer, got my flu-shot and had my vision and hearing checked. Now, where else can you do that in a couple of hours all in one place?”

That’s why seniors have come to the Expo in such large numbers over the past 10 years. The convenient access to products, services and resources allows seniors a pressure free experience where they can obtain the knowledge and help they need to lead healthy independent lives. In addition, families and caregivers of older adults can find peace of mind knowing that there are professionals at the Expo who can help them access the resources they need to play a strong support role in the lives of their loved ones.

And this year is no different! Attendees can expect such popular mainstays as free admission, over 170 exhibits, free/low cost health screenings and Medicare assistance, Bingo and live entertainment by the Phoenix Jazz and Swing Band. As in past years, participants will have the opportunity to walk “Memory Lane” for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card.

New for 2010 is the three-in-one high-dose flu vaccine with H1N1, available for adults 65 or older. In light of today’s economy, this year’s Expo is introducing a Senior Job/Volunteer Pavilion. This pavilion will focus on helping seniors with job search assistance, resume and interview coaching and employment counseling as well as educating them about available volunteer opportunities throughout Salt Lake County. Aging Services’ Senior Employment Program, the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce and Salt Lake Community College will be on hand to help seniors at the Job Search Pavilion.

“I haven’t been feeling too well the last couple of years,” said Betty Morrison. “Now that my doctor has given me a clean bill of health, I’m ready to become active in the community again. That’s why I’m going to the Senior Expo this year. I’m really excited about the Volunteer Pavilion where I can learn about all the wonderful volunteer options available to me.”

Seniors, their families and caregivers should all plan to join Betty and George at this year’s Senior Expo, the state’s largest gathering of organizations and professionals dedicated to serving Salt Lake County’s senior population.

For more information contact Andrea Garry at Salt Lake County Aging Services, (801) 468-3740 or log on at

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