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Senior Expo is Oct. 5

The 24th annual Senior Expo comes to Assumption Cultural Center, 21800 Marter, St. Clair Shores, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, providing older adults an array of exhibits, seminars, resources, luncheon and entertainment.

Each year, the event hosts more than 1,500 seniors, their families and caregivers for a day of health, wellness, recreation and community resources to help design a happy, healthy and secure lifestyle. It includes more than 50 exhibits about healthcare, retail products, managed care, workshops, onsite health screenings, community resources and more.

This year’s keynote speakers are the Rev. Faith Fowler, executive director of Cass Community Social Services, and Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel.

At 9 a.m., Fowler discusses CCSS, a Detroit-based nonprofit agency dedicated to providing food, housing, health services and job programs in impoverished areas of the city. Fowler, who has been at Cass since 1994, also has served as board member for the Cass Corridor Neighborhood Development Corp., advisory board member of the Detroit Area Agency on Aging and board member and trustee for the General Board of Church and Society. She currently chairs the Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Advisory Committee and has brought tiny houses to her Detroit campus to provide housing for the homeless and low-income seniors.

Hackel’s address begins at 12:30 p.m. He began his law enforcement career in 1981 as a dispatcher with the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department. He was elected sheriff in 2000, and has served as the county’s first-ever county executive since November 2010. He is a forceful advocate for Macomb County on key regional issues and has been an effective voice with Macomb’s elected delegation in Lansing and Washington, D.C. He is committed to providing innovative leadership for the region while delivering services citizens and businesses expect.

A complimentary luncheon will be provided by ShorePointe Nursing Center and Marchiori Catering. The Gentlemen of Swing entertain during lunch.

A special presentation, “Remembering the J.L. Hudson Company, Detroit’s Legendary Department Store,” is given by historian Michael Hauser, who brings signage, photos, various ephemera and video clips of Detroit’s homegrown retailer that once towered over Woodward Avenue.

The Senior Expo also provides screenings, including carotid artery doppler screenings, spine evaluations, balance/fall risk assessments, walker/cane tip evaluations, hearing screenings, blepharitis screenings and more.

Ask the Experts addresses topics relevant to seniors throughout the day.

The Resource Guide, a book for older adults of available services throughout the metro area, is distributed at the expo and is a useful reference all year.

Senior Expo Committee members include Joan DeRonne and Olga Cardasis, Assumption Cultural Center; Dr. Ken Hamilton, Sarah McGhie, Bill Hamilton, Harper Chiropractic; Marianne Langlois, Henry Ford Health System; Terri Murphy, Victoria Lines, Certified Senior Solutions LLC; Marian Battersby, Home Instead Senior Care; Heidi Uhlig, Services for Older Citizens; Sean Southers, ShorePointe Nursing Center and ShorePointe Village; Tracey Steeves, St. John Providence Health System; and Suzanne Szczepanski-White, writewomanllc.

Sponsorship and vendor sites still are available. Corporate sponsors to date are Advantage Living Center; Alivity Care Advocates; American House; Assumption Cultural Center; Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe; Blue Cross/Blue Shield; Certified Senior Solutions LLC; Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home; Church of Christ Care Center and Assisted Living; Harper Chiropractic; Heartland Grosse Pointe Woods; Henry Ford Health System; Home Instead Senior Care; Lakeshore Senior Living; Relevar Home Care; ShorePointe Nursing Center, ShorePointe Village; Simasko Law; Services for Older Citizens and St. John Providence Health System.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Free shuttle service is provided by ShorePointe Village for convenient parking at Grosse Pointe Woods Lakefront Park. For more information, call (586) 779-6111.

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