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Big Draw - Annual Senior Information Day Meets With Success
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Oak Valley Hospital Registered Nurse Amy Sousa administers a blood glucose check to Linda Brown, an attendee at the 11th annual Senior Information Day, held at the community center on Friday, June 3. - photo by Kim Van Meter/The Leader
The 11th annual Senior Information Day, held at the community center, Friday, June 3 drew a respectable crowd of senior citizens interested in learning about the newest services available and topics affecting their age group.
According to city employee and event co-coordinator, Linda Royalty, the event continues to grow and enjoy a measure of success with more vendors and attendees. When asked about the popularity, she said, “The vendors and the new information available. It’s always changing, especially with the economy. Plus it’s a good social event, too.”
Catered by Moss Rose Bakery, the event also featured a presentation by police chief Marty West on the dangers of scams directed at the elderly and how to protect themselves from being a victim of these unscrupulous types. Mayor Pat Paul, who also spoke at the event, was pleased by the turnout and the sharing of information.
“The sharing of information is critical and getting good information is key. I like the informal networking part, too,” she said of the event. “People are sharing and finding each other’s strengths to help one another.”
Mickey Peabody, a frequent speaker on elderly issues at the legislative level, was the event emcee.
In addition to 30 vendors, an increase from last year, Oak Valley Hospital provided free blood glucose screenings, which was a welcome service to the attendees. Registered Nurse Amy Sousa remained busy throughout the event.
A new vendor to the event was the RSVP program, a new federally-funded grant program that provides gap income to anyone over the age of 55 who provides services to a qualifying senior citizen.