When it comes to serving seniors, the Redwood area has a lot to offer.
Unfortunately, there are some who are in need of these resources but don’t know how to access them or even realize they are available.
In an effort to provide education for those area senior citizens, their caregivers and Baby Boomers who are at or are nearing retirement age, a group of individuals who work with senior issues have been hosting a local senior expo.
“The purpose of the senior expo is to provide education and knowledge about the resources our area has to offer to the growing senior population,” said Sue Nelson, one of the event coordinators. “We want to help seniors find out what is available for them.”
The expo is being held June 20 starting at 3:30 p.m., and among the activities planned is a keynote presentation by Ron Schara.
The expo, which is being held at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Redwood Falls, brings together the community resources under one roof to help people discover how they are able to be served by them.
While primarily an educational event, there is time for fun, as well, with entertainment being provided by Schara and his dog Raven. The theme of Schara’s presentation is “My favorite Outdoor Stories – Some of them True,” which fits into the overall theme of the expo “Capturing the Journey.”
Prior to the keynote address by Schara, David Pichaske, a professor of English at SMSU in Marshall, is going to address the topic “Gathering and Preserving Voices.”
According to Katherine Brozek, who is also working to put together the expo, the presentation is going to focus on ways to record those stories one hears from an older generation to ensure they are preserved for the future.
“Everyone has a story to tell,” Brozek said. “Making sure it is recorded would ensure others down the road can hear it, too.”
Pichaske is scheduled to speak starting at 4:15 p.m., with Schara scheduled to speak at 7 p.m.
During the expo a meal is being served by members of Redwood County Relay For Life, and the $8 admission to the expo includes the meal. Brozek said a portion of the admission is going to be given to Relay For Life.
A variety of vendors are going to be available throughout the expo. Nelson said about 300 people attended one year ago.
All are invited to attend this year’s expo.