Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

September 19, 2013

2013 Senior Expo – Parting Words

Mineral Wells Index

— You know that wave of pleasure and satisfaction that rolls over you when something goes the way you hoped it would?

That’s exactly how our Senior Center staff was feeling in the wake of last Friday’s Senior Expo.

We are so grateful to the many people who rallied to help us put on our best health fair to date.

I’d like to express thanks to the sponsors who footed the bills for the Expo.

These include our Title Sponsor Renew Home Health, and our Bronze level sponsors Abbi Home Care, Arbor House Weatherford, Bethany HomeHealth Services, IntegraCare Home Health and Hospice, Palo Pinto Nursing & Rehab, and Physical Therapy Dynamics.

We are grateful to all those who provided free health screenings, including audiologist Dr. Terri Edwards from New Sound Solutions, Walmart Vision Center, Palo Pinto General Hospital, CVS Pharmacy, Mineral Wells Medical Supply, and the many exhibitors who performed blood pressure, blood glucose and oxygen level tests at their tables.

We’d also like to thank the community supporters who donated food and prizes for the event.

Walmart provided fresh fruit and yogurt for breakfast, Chick-fil-A Weatherford contributed enough chicken sandwiches and Jake Maynard from the Mesquite Pit donated coleslaw for lunch.

Wes-Tex Vending supplied the coffee that everyone drank throughout the morning. Mineral Wells Nursing & Rehab and Lakewell House provided the prizes for the Bingo run by the Better Business Bureau.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments donated all the tote bags for the event, and Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home and TXU furnished bottled water and LED nightlights for each senior attendee.

And we owe a big debt of gratitude to First Baptist Church for allowing us the use of their gym and classrooms for exhibitors, health screeners and workshops.

While I’m at it, I must also say how much I appreciate the workshop leaders who generously donated their time.

Mike Greminger of Brazos Valley Physical Therapy, Melinda Gardner of the North Central Texas Council of Governments, elder law attorney Sandra Reed, Shelly Young of the North Texas Alzheimer’s Association, and John “Mike” McCarthy of the Texas Area Agency on Aging gave presentations on key issues relevant to senior adults.

Here’s a big shout out to the 19 Weatherford College Occupational Therapy Assistant students and their teachers who volunteered at the Expo.

Besides running the registration desk and doing a lot of legwork for us, these wonderful young men and women also jumped in to help us clean up afterwards.

They made short work of putting away tables and chairs and taking care of all the heavy lifting. We owe a big debt of gratitude to the OTA group and look forward to a continuing partnership with them this year.

Last, but certainly not least, I’d like to thank all the groups and individuals who came in to set up exhibit tables for the Expo.

The senior participants received a lot of valuable information, not to mention free goodies, from the exhibitors.

Although there are too many to mention them each by name here, we appreciate the time and effort they invested in the health fair.

And thanks to all the senior adults who came out for the Expo this year.

We hope that it was an enjoyable and informative experience for you and look forward to seeing you again next year.