Active living at any age

T-R Senior Expo drew diverse crowd

T-R PHOTO BY SARA JORDAN-HEINTZ
Tuesday afternoon at the Marshalltown Mall, the annual Times-Republican Senior Expo was held, wherein 25 vendors were on hand with information, samples, prizes and demonstrations pertaining to their goods and services. Here Bianca Greazel, director at Bickford Senior living, far left, hands out free water bottles to attendees at her booth.

T-R PHOTO BY SARA JORDAN-HEINTZ Tuesday afternoon at the Marshalltown Mall, the annual Times-Republican Senior Expo was held, wherein 25 vendors were on hand with information, samples, prizes and demonstrations pertaining to their goods and services. Here Bianca Greazel, director at Bickford Senior living, far left, hands out free water bottles to attendees at her booth.

While death and aging are not always topics comfortable to talk about, planning ahead and knowing your options can make those decisions easier to make for you or someone you love. Tuesday afternoon at the Marshalltown Mall, the annual Times-Republican Senior Expo was held, wherein 25 vendors were on hand with information, samples, prizes and demonstrations pertaining to their goods and services.

“We had everything from home care, nursing home, bathroom remodeling to ways to make it easier to stay in the home,” said T-R Assistant Marketing Director Deanna Davis-McGowan. “It’s good for sons or daughters looking for someplace for mom or dad to be cared for, or for pre-planning funerals.”

Two new features at this year’s expo was a blood drive provided by LifeServe, and sponsored by the T-R, and a booth for the Animal Rescue League of Marshalltown.

“Pets can be great company for the elderly,” said ARL Director Shelly Deal. “Pets keep seniors active and give them a purpose, as well as offer stress relief.”

An adoptable dog was on site, plus information was made available about the ARL’s current adoptable critters that would especially be a good fit for the senior population. Donations were accepted.

Those in health care, caregiver, and mortuary professions were represented at the expo, including staff from Iowa River Hospice, Bickford Senior Living, Oak Estates Assisted Living, Anderson Funeral Homes, Mitchell Family Funeral Home, plus newcomers UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown and The Willows of Marshalltown.

Chanda Bovenmyer, BSN, RN was on hand to provide attendees with resources about UP-H’s Wound Healing Center.

“Wounds in diabetics can cause problems, and pressure ulcers occur over a bony prominence and cause problems,” she said. “We have ways we can treat wounds that people don’t even know are possible.”

Towards the latter part of the expo, attendees got to play bingo with the T-R Marketeers, and go home with prizes. One lucky winner received an overnight stay at the Woodland Bed and Breakfast.

“We had a really nice turnout with more vendors this year than last year,” Davis-McGowan said.

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Contact Sara Jordan-Heintz at 641-753-6611 or sjordan@timesrepublican.com