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Senior Expo 2019

Posted: 06/28/2019

Author: Julie Anderson

Category: Departments

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What a day!

A downpour didn’t stop nearly 200 people from taking part in this year’s Senior Expo. They lined up bright and early at St. Mary’s Church in Alexandria to begin an educational and entertaining day.

Each year, St. Mary’s graciously hosts this Expo which wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of sponsors. This year Elden’s Fresh Foods, Alomere Health and UCare were primary donors. A $500 check from Runestone Electric Association also helped cover the costs for food and a keynote speaker (who greatly reduced his appearance fee).

The Expo is coordinated by what’s called the Douglas County TRIAD committee. Members are from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the Alexandria Police Department, Douglas County seniors, professionals serving seniors and Douglas County senior services staff.   

The men and women attending were looking to enhance their knowledge on topics including health care, legal issues, opportunities at the library, fraud and scams, home safety, emergency preparedness and more.

Keynote speaker Tim Eggebraaten will be fondly remembered for his message and his music. The retired police officer from Detroit Lakes helps his listeners find the beat and the rhythm of life using inspirational stories and songs.  

“The Expo gives those 60 and older an opportunity to learn together, have a little fun, and take home some information from vendors that will be really useful as they age,” said Joyce McIntosh, Senior Services Coordinator for Douglas County and one of the event organizers.

There was also an opportunity for the seniors to talk with local law enforcement in a relaxed atmosphere. Douglas County Sheriff Troy Wolbersen, Chief Deputy Jason Peterson, Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels, School Resource Officers Darcy Zirbes and Dustin Alexander were among the law enforcement officers on hand.

At lunch time additional sheriff’s office staff came in to serve lunch! They handed out trays with food purchased locally. Pope Douglas Recycling provided the plates, silverware and napkins, all of which was compostable. A special thanks to the volunteers who prepared the meal and Kathy Fisher from St. Mary’s who guided the entire process.

Education at every age is valuable. The wisdom given and received at the 2019 Senior Expo will not only benefit the individuals, it will strengthen Douglas County as a whole. And for that, we are all better off.

Vendors:

Arabella Manor, Anderson Funeral Home, Hear Life of MN, Alexandria Senior Center, Alexandria Area YMCA, West Central Minnesota Communities Action, Sanford Health, Alzheimer’s Association, Heartland Security, Douglas Co. Committee on Aging, Central Elder Network, Habitat for Humanity, Better Business Bureau, Lutheran Social Services Senior Companion, Curves Fitness, Village Cooperative, Foster Grandparent Program, Rainbow Rider, Knute Nelson, Hospice of Douglas County, Douglas County Senior Services, Sr. Linkage Line, Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services and Vista Prairie at Windmill Ponds.   

 

 

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