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2020 Senior Health Expo will be Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020!

The 9th annual 2020 Senior Expo Expo date has been announced - it will be Thursday, Oct 8, 2020 at the Brunswick Recreation Center. The 2019 Expo was a great success last October with a wonderful turnout and we are looking forward to this year’s event!

Last year’s highly successful gathering drew more than 600 participants and nearly 80 exhibitors’ tables. A total of 142 flu shots were administered, along with more than 60 massages, 15 Reiki treatments, 18 balance screenings, and several other free services.

Members of the public offered glowing reviews of the Expo’s many activities and the benefits available to those in attendance.

“I came to one Expo before and it was a very good experience, so I came again today. I was amazed at how full the parking lot was,” said Keith Lawrence, of Brunswick.

“I’ve been coming to these Expos from the start. There’s lots of information. I may not use it now, but these are good resources to have and know,” said Linda, of Topsham.

And Joan Peck, of Brunswick, said, “I’m always interested in what resources are available for seniors. As a supporter of People Plus, I always want to back their efforts.”

Maine has the highest percentage of seniors in the nation and the Midcoast region is where this population is growing the fastest. The People Plus Senior Health Expo brought together a variety of resources for this increasingly important segment of our community with fun and engaging displays, tons of information and great swag.

Expo vendors were also grateful for the opportunity to present their available services.

“Our information is available online, but there’s nothing better than face-to-face to present yourself and your ideas. (These kinds of events) remind you of why you’re in this business,” said Deborah McLean, of Maine Senior Guide, a free online resource for successful aging.

“I’m here at the Expo because it’s important to let people know about this resource in their community. It’s a warm, safe and caring place, and the coffee pot is always on,” said Sally Hennessey, volunteer coordinator at The Gathering Place in Brunswick.

“The Expo generated a lot of interest by being here in previous years. Oral care for seniors is very important. We are a very friendly place; people shouldn’t be afraid to come to the dentist no matter what the problem is,” said Lisa Weigand, of Dr Bob’s Family Dentistry in Brunswick.

People Plus would like to thank the support of our Lead Partners Plus, Coastal Landing Retirement Community and Mid Coast-Parkview Health, and additional Partners The Vicarage by the Sea, Spectrum Generations and The Times Record. Also thanks to sponsors Avita of Brunswick/Sunnybrook Senior Living, Bill Dodge Auto Group, Brackett Funeral Home, Bridges Home Services, Healthy Living for ME, Neighbors, Inc, The Highlands, Androscoggin Home Healthcare and Hospice, and Wicked Joe Coffee. A special thanks to the town of Brunswick and the Brunswick Parks and Recreation staff and the Brunswick Explorer.

“Each year, the Expo gets better and better and this was truly our best one yet,” said Jill Ellis, People Plus Program and Events Coordinator. “We had a continuous flow of traffic from beginning to end and glowing reviews from vendors and guests. We are so happy to be able to bring this event to the Midcoast community to highlight all of the wonderful services that are available.”

One attendee exiting the Expo said, “I’ve lived here 35 years and I found out so many services I didn’t know about.” Keep an eye out for next year’s Senior Health Expo in October of 2020 so you won’t miss out on this valuable event!