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Senior Expo returns for 10th year

GLADSTONE — A long-running local event will return for a milestone anniversary next week. The 10th annual Daily Press Senior Expo will be held at the Terrace Bay Hotel in Gladstone from 9:40 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, with doors opening at 9 a.m.

Daily Press Advertising Representative Sarah Maki said this year’s Senior Expo has already proven to be successful. As of Monday, Sept. 16, she said all 350 of the tickets that had been made available for the event had been distributed.

“It didn’t take very long for them to be taken,” she said.

Maki said the event’s continued success has been due in large part to the valuable information it provides to seniors living in the area.

“A lot of people look forward to it,” she said, noting the area’s high population of senior citizens has also played a role in the expo’s popularity.

For the most part, the upcoming Senior Expo will be similar to previous expos — with one exception.

“We have new speakers this year, which is kind of cool,” Maki said.

Newcomers to the expo for 2019 include Superior Foot and Ankle Centers, Valley Med Flight/AirMedCare Network and Upper Peninsula Health Plan.

A total of eight speakers — representing businesses and organizations such as Garceau Insurance Agency, the Delta Area Transit Authority, OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group and more — will address a variety of topics in a series of short seminars during the expo. Topics discussed at the event will include Medicare, estate planning, public transportation and the importance of exercise, among others.

Throughout the day, Maki said expo attendees will have opportunities to win prizes.

“We’re having prize giveaways again after each speaker,” she said.

A $100 door prize will also be given out during the event.

Lunch will be provided during the expo, as well. Attendees will be able to enjoy a buffet featuring herb roasted chicken and sliced roast beef au jus.

Admission to the Senior Expo is free for seniors who have a ticket. Attendees are asked to bring an unexpired canned or dry good.

“We bring (them) to the food pantries right after the event,” Maki said.

Canned goods can also be dropped off at the Daily Press office in downtown Escanaba during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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