Annual T-R Senior Expo slated for July 17

T-R FILE PHOTO The annual Times-Republican Senior Expo will take place from 12:30-4 p.m. on July 17 at the Marshalltown Mall. A total of 19 vendors will be on hand, showing attendees the latest gadgets and services in senior living and care. Free and open to the public, everyone is welcome.

It’s never too early to start thinking about long-term care needs for yourself or someone you love. The annual Times-Republican Senior Expo offers a free, one-stop-shopping and browsing experience for those seeking this type of information. It will take place 12:30-4 p.m. July 17 at the Marshalltown Mall, 2500 S. Center St. This year’s theme is “Bright Ideas for Senior Living.”

A total of 19 area vendors will be on hand.

“This is an event not just for senior citizens, but for their children if they are wanting to look for something for their parents or a relative,” T-R Assistant Marketing Director Deanna Davis-McGowan said. “We’ll have many different professions, from the healthcare industry, funeral planning, remodeling bathrooms to suit handicap and senior needs. We’ve got eye care and hearing businesses coming to help people with those issues, and nursing home and assisted care, and the mall is handicap accessible.”

Attendees can register to win prizes, including: a day trip to Gladbrook with passes to visit the Matchstick Marvels Museum, tickets to see a movie at the theater and a gift certificate to Spanky’s restaurant; a getaway at the Woodland Bed & Breakfast, located in rural Marshalltown.

The T-R Marketeers will be on hand to lead a game of bingo, starting at 3:15 p.m. Prizes will be awarded.

“The people at the Senior Expo love to play bingo, so they are always ready and waiting at the tables when it’s time,” Advertising Sales Rep Lynne Guldager said. “It gets to be kind of crazy in the room when we are playing because multiple people are yelling out bingo and we have a hard time keeping up with them all. It’s a fun time and it’s nice to see them having fun.”

Why an expo aimed at seniors’ and their lifestyle?

“It’s important to get the word out to the senior citizen market and their families. There’s a lot of them. People are living longer, and the need for care is just huge, so we think getting all these businesses in the same place, at the same time, is a benefit to families and their loved ones, so they can come out and get information on these different things,” Davis-McGowan said.

To learn more, Davis-McGowan may be reached at: ddavis@timesrepublican.com

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