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Retirement expo set for April 29

Free vendor fair always draws big crowd

By: Heidi Roman | C&G Newspapers | Published April 21, 2011

 The Macomb County Wellness and Retirement Expo usually draws a crowd of 1,500-2,000 retirees and seniors. About 65 vendors specializing in senior services set up booths.

The Macomb County Wellness and Retirement Expo usually draws a crowd of 1,500-2,000 retirees and seniors. About 65 vendors specializing in senior services set up booths.

File photo by David Schreiber

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Topics like assisted living, medical care and in-home help are a given at a vendor fair organized specifically for retirees. Less expected would be information about yoga and tai chi, dance classes and music lessons for senior citizens.

The Macomb County Wellness and Retirement Expo offers all of that and more.

The free expo April 29 features 65 vendors specializing in services for senior citizens of all types, including the new breed of retiree who wants to keep their youth as they age.

“With the baby boomers, they’re much more demanding than seniors we’ve provided services for in the past,” said Debbie McClellan, assistant director of the Clinton Township Senior Adult Life Center, which organizes the event. “They’re more vocal about what they want, so we try to gear up our expo with services for the baby boomers.”

The expo usually draws a crowd of 1,500 to 2,000 people and fills up the Macomb Intermediate School District building.

“Our expo is really growing, and it’s always well-attended,” McClellan said. “It’s going to be a really good expo this year.”

The vendors distribute information, pass out freebies and offer demonstrations. There are raffles and giveaways throughout the day.

It’s not all about fun and games, though. The biggest crowd at the expo is usually found at the health seminars and exhibits, which are offered by Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals, one of the sponsors of the event.

The Clinton Township hospital offers free, on-site health screenings to interested seniors at the expo.

“We will be offering blood pressure screening and stroke risk assessment,” said Gregory Jakub, manager of community relations at Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals. “We’ll have balance screening, body mass index screenings by our weight management center, vision screening and hearing screenings.”

Jakub said Henry Ford will also offer breast health information, news about its joint replacement center and mini Reiki demonstrations. Reiki is a method of holistic healing offered at the hospital’s Wellspring center.

Henry Ford also hosts three health-related seminars each year.

Registered nurse Rebecca Peterson will discuss home safety and accident prevention; Dr. Michael Henderson will lead a talk about cancer prevention and care; and registered nurse Kori Kruse will lead a seminar called “Finding the Silver Lining” about avoiding depression.

“That’s a new one this year,” Jakub said. “We did it at a Warren senior health event, and it went really well.”

The Clinton Township senior center will also host a seminar highlighting the various programs available at the facility year-round, including senior travel options and fitness demonstrations.

In addition to Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, the event is sponsored by Allure Medical Spa, Villa Bella, Comfort Keepers, Villages of East Harbor, and Vince and Joe’s Gourmet Market.

C & G Newspapers is also a sponsor of the event.

The Macomb County Wellness and Retirement Expo will be April 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is held at the Macomb Intermediate School District building at 44001 Garfield Road in Clinton Township, between 19 Mile and Hall roads.

Admission and parking are free. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call the Clinton Township Senior Adult Life Center at (586) 286-9333.

 

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