The yellow brick road will lead to all things healthy, fun and educational at the Belton Senior Expo 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Bell County Expo, 301 Loop 121 in Belton.
This free event, with a Wizard of Oz theme this year, will feature more than 90 vendors, as well as music by LaRon Tubbs. Vendors include the Lena Armstrong Public Library, local police departments, health care providers, dentists, volunteer opportunities, exercise, travel, chiropractors, legal aid, financial advisors, senior centers and the VA, along with assisted living and nursing homes.
This is a no-pressure event for seniors. No items of any kind will be sold, and vendors are not allowed to take attendees’ information. Seniors are encouraged to come out and enjoy themselves in a safe, friendly environment.
Last year, Bonnie McVicker and Barbara Deatrich of Harker Heights were pleased with the expo.
McVicker was able to confirm that she had issues with her back following a visit with a booth manned by a chiropractic clinic.
Deatrich was looking for volunteer opportunities and she thought she may have found a part-time job.
The Mature Drivers Program, a collaboration between Hillcrest Regional Trauma Services and the Texas Department of Transportation, will be back to this year’s Senior Expo.
Mature Drivers program has been around about four years and covers about 26 counties. It focuses on drivers age 55 and up. Topics covered include how aging can affect driving skills, traffic issues, the warning signs of an unsafe driver and how to “have the talk” when concerned about a loved one’s driving abilities.
Door prizes will be given away during the event; check the number on your bag for a winning number. Prizes will be provided by select vendors and handed out by “Oz” throughout the event.
Parking shuttles will be provided by Texas Golf Karts to ensure easy access for seniors. Extra seating will also be available throughout the expo for attendees to rest in between visiting booths.
This year’s expo will once again feature speakers.
Dr. Javier Banchs will speak on atrial fibrillation at 9:30 a.m.
Banchs, a cardiologist at Baylor Scott & White – Temple, is director of electrophysiology and pacing.
Dr. William Nash will make a presentation on Alzheimer’s disease at 10:30 a.m.
Nash is medically retired with a diagnosis of early mild cognitive impairment amnestic-type that is thought to be possibly due to Alzheimer’s disease and carries a risk gene for Alzheimer’s disease. He has a strong family history of Alzheimer’s disease and is a study participant in the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative.
He readily tells his story with possible Alzheimer’s disease using it as a vehicle to discuss what work-ups should be done, what new testing is available, what treatment is available now and in the future, and what new research is being undertaken.
These sessions will be held upstairs in the Special Events room.
Last year’s event drew more than 900 seniors from across Central Texas and beyond.
For information, call Susan Gibson at 254- 939-5754 or visit SeniorExpoBelton.com.