Friday, May 11, 2012

Seniorama!

Seniorama…sounds like a fun, huh?  The 23rd Annual event for the “young at heart” was held last Friday, May 4th at the Decatur Civic Center.  I was lucky enough to get some insights about Seniorama from Joan Meeder, our RSVP (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) Director.

Q:  What are the positive effects that Seniorama has on the community?
A:  Seniorama connects seniors, caregivers, care receivers and those soon to be seniors, to provide information about products and services they might need to enjoy independent living. Exhibitors include health care providers, social service agencies, and local businesses. This event gives them an opportunity to leisurely explore the numerous exhibits, enjoy live entertainment and refreshments, and have some social time with their peers. It is also an educational opportunity to participant in wellness checks and health screenings that might indicate further medical checks that perhaps will save their lives.

Q:  What is your favorite part about participating in Seniorama?
A:  Observing the seniors having a good time and exploring new ideas at the same time.  It is also an opportunity for RSVP to join with the other Seniorama sponsors (St. Mary’s Hospital, DMH, Sams Hockaday Insurance, Keystone Meadows & Gardens, Ameren, and Herald & Review) to plan an event – together - for the benefit of the community.

Q:  Any highlights from this year?
A:  800 people were in attendance. This was the 23rd year for the event. Tara Nickerson and Tim Dudley, (from the Cromwell Radio Group) our master and mistress of ceremonies, were terrific, and the entertainment was superb. This year we suggested they bring a nonperishable food item to share with a local food pantry; an opportunity for the seniors to give back to their community – and we received a hefty amount of items.

Q:  Any other comments about Seniorama?
A:  It is always enjoyable to see the smiles on the faces of the seniors when they visit the RSVP booth. Sometimes this is the only time I get to see them face to face and to reinforce a BIG thank you for their participation with RSVP. I look forward to the 24th year for Seniorama.

Seniorama is a great asset to the entire community and I’m so glad we have this resource for all of those who are “young at heart”.  Don’t forget to join us next year if you missed it!

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