Hudson’s memories, health screenings on tap for Senior Expo

By: Kristyne E. Demske | C&G Newspapers | Published September 26, 2017

 Hudson’s is seen in this 1970s-era image during the Downtown Detroit Days promotion run by the company.

Hudson’s is seen in this 1970s-era image during the Downtown Detroit Days promotion run by the company.

Photo provided by the Michael Hauser Archives

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Take a walk down memory lane and get tips and information for your life now at the 2017 Senior Expo.

Open 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at Assumption Cultural Center, 21800 Marter Road, the 24th annual Senior Expo has exhibits and giveaways, complimentary lunch, raffles, entertainment, and plenty of information for older adults and caregivers. 

“It’s going to be quite an exciting time,” said Joan De Ronne, a Senior Expo committee member at Assumption. “The screenings are all updated ... our resource center is updated, (and there are) so many new vendors.”

Visitors can ask an expert from one of many local medical centers, check out local resources and products, receive complimentary health screenings and more.

There will also be a special exhibit and presentation remembering the J.L. Hudson Co. by Michael Hauser, a Detroit retail historian. 

Hauser has co-authored two books on Hudson’s with Marianne Weldon. He said he will be bringing photographs, artifacts, videos and “a little bit of everything” from the legendary downtown Detroit department store.

With shopping bags, uniforms, restaurant menus and dinnerware from the 13th-floor restaurants, “it’ll be very multi-dimensional,” Hauser said. 

“It was such a huge part of daily life here,” he continued. “Not only was it one of the largest stores in the world, but the company itself was intertwined with so much of what we do. So many different traditions began with the store, such as the Thanksgiving Day Parade, Fash Bash, the Freedom Fireworks.”

He said older generations also have fond memories of the store because of its customer service and delivery through substations throughout the metro area “that would deliver directly to your door, sort of like Amazon.”

The event will also include a question-and-answer period, and guests will be able to share their memories of Hudson’s.

The keynote speakers of the Senior Expo are the Rev. Faith Fowler, executive director of Cass Community Services, who will speak at 9 a.m., and Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, speaking at 12:30 p.m.

“Seniors, they’re always a welcoming crowd. They’re very interested hearing not only about what it is you want to tell them, but sometimes they have a lot of questions they want to ask,” Hackel said. 

He said he’s happy to share highlights of what is happening in Macomb County, but he’s also happy to answer any questions that seniors or their family and friends may have. He said that no question is too easy or too hard.

The expo is a great resource for seniors and their caregivers, he said.

“They’re going to get some good direction or information. They’re certainly going to get an opportunity to understand where they can get that information and where to get that help if they need it,” Hackel said.

More than 1,500 seniors, family members and caregivers typically come out to the Senior Expo. There will be more than 50 exhibits at the expo with information about health care, products, managed care, on-site health screenings, places to “ask the experts,” a community resource center, activities and more.

Lunch will be provided by ShorePointe Nursing Center and Marchiori Catering, and The Gentlemen of Swing will provide entertainment during lunch.

Participants will also have an opportunity to pick up their copy of The Resource Guide, which includes a list of available services for older adults in the area.

A free shuttle will be provided by ShorePointe Village from Grosse Pointe Woods Lakefront Park. For more information, call (586) 779-6111.