OTTAWA — Hundreds of senior citizens Friday were able to receive free health screenings, meet with health vendors and hear speakers during the 2019 Putnam County Senior Expo at Ottawa Elementary.
Kendra Kuhlman, Putnam County HomeCare and Hospice marketing director, said there were 70 vendors on hand for the expo in its 11th year. Those who attended met with vendors and received bags, going from table to table to collect pamphlets on healthcare information. Free massages also were available, as well as a free lunch and taiji demonstration.
“The purpose of today is to educate seniors on services available to them in Putnam County and to do blood pressure, dizziness and balance screenings,” Kuhlman said.
Jodi Warnecke, Putnam County Council on Aging director, said the agency provides services for seniors to stay in their homes as long as possible. Transportation to medical appointments is provided, as well as chore services. A licensed social worker is on hand to help connect people to needed services.
“This expo brings everything in one location, so they can come and learn about a variety of topics,” Warnecke said.
Ruth Drerup and her friend Jane Kamm, both of Ottawa, look forward to attending the senior expo each year.
“I exercise to stay healthy and do housework. It’s good to have this expo to allow seniors to get out,” Drerup said.
One of the vendor’s booths they visited was the Schroeder, Blankemeyer and Schroeder table.
Joe Schroeder, partner at the lawfirm, talked to the seniors about the importance of establishing a will.
“Anyone over age 18 should have a will because if you don’t have control over your will, you don’t have control of where your assets go,” Schroeder said.
David Austin Sky, 68, of Columbus, was the main speaker with his speech, “Gladness In The Now, Celebrating What We Do.” He is a nationally recognized motivational speaker.
“As seniors, we are the keeper of stories, and today is a time to tell people how important it is to tell our stories. We have information others don’t have,” Sky said.
He said telling stories connects us, and we are connected because of our imperfections.
“We get to be the people who lift others up, and by giving them a story we are the best libraries you have ever seen,” Sky said.
The expo was hosted by Trilogy Health Services LLC, Putnam County Health Department, Putnam County HomeCare and Hospice, Putnam County Council on Aging and Ottawa Senior Citizens.
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