Senior center event provides information, networking venue

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The McMunns, Chuck and Norieta, of London, look over and collect information provided by Mary Smithson, left, at the senior fair, held Tuesday at the Madison County Senior Citizen's Center.
The McMunns, Chuck and Norieta, of London, look over and collect information provided by Mary Smithson, left, at the senior fair, held Tuesday at the Madison County Senior Citizen's Center.
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DeAnna Burns observed her table of information about A Friend’s House at the senior fair on Tuesday had a deficit:


No candy.


To entice the senior citizens to more closely browse their tables, vendors and service providers alike set out large bowls filled with candy, she said.


Call it trick or treat for the geriatric set as they filled the bags provided by vendors with literature and sweet stuff. No tricks but plenty of treats.


So Burns reached out to Marilyn Chaffin, executive director, to provide some small pieces of candy for seniors.


In addition to catering to seniors’ sweet teeth, the fair provided a mind-numbing amount of information for seniors to read over and ponder. The McMunns, Chuck and Norieta, gathered brochures as they moved around three rooms of displays.


“I’ll be needing these,” McMunn said.


Also provided were physical tests senior citizens could try to evaluate physical abilities.


Dorothy Alt took the 30-second chair stand test, administered by Karen Rossetter, sports medicine instructor at Tolles Career & Technical Center. Alt was instructed to place her arms across her chest then sit down. Then, timed for 30 seconds, she was to sit and rise to a standing position, then sit down again, as many as she could. She did 14.


Rossetter said she scored well in her age group.


Alt said every morning she did 30 knee bends as a part of her wake-up routine. But instead of just crossing her arms over her chest, with her fingers she pinches her ear lobes. She said she does it to ward of Alzheimer’s disease.


“My husband had it and I don’t want that,” she said.


Two sports medicine students, Jose Villavicencio and Rebekah Slane, administered the 30-second chair stand test and the Up and Go tests.


London residents Anne Watts and Ann Clevenger said they received good readings when their blood pressures were taken.


But the largest single group could be found in the dining room, eating with gusto big plates of spaghetti. The noon meal was funded by an anonymous donor.


It was the 18th senior fair, said Cathy Fisher, supportive services manager for the senior center. Some 30 agencies provided information for about 200 visitors. She said the event not only provides valuable information to seniors, but also provides a gathering place for the agencies to network.


Dean Shipley can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 17 or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.


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