KINGFIELD — SeniorsPlus will present a mini-expo from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 19 (snow date Friday, April 20), at the Kingfield Elementary School. The Franklin County Aging Well Mini-Expo will offer workshops and the opportunity for social interaction for older adults.

The event is free and open to the public. A continental breakfast will be provided. No registration is required. For more information, call SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241.

The expo will begin with a welcome address by Nate Miller, manager of community services at SeniorsPlus, and breakfast. During breaks, participants may check out exhibitors’ booths displaying information about Franklin County area services.

Three workshops will be held: “Self-Defense and Safety Awareness for Seniors,” “Preparing for the Future Now: What Documents Do I Need” and “Don’t Fall Victim to Scams.”

The self-defense workshop will be focused primarily on environmental awareness, identifying dangerous or risky situations, methods of maintaining safety while at home and in communities, and practical self-defense techniques that will minimize injury and maximize survival in an assault-style situation.

The “Preparing for the Future Now: What Documents Do I Need” workshop will provide an overview of the legal and practical considerations of preparing and using wills, financial and medical powers of attorney and trusts to accomplish an estate plan. Using the “legal tools” will assist in the orderly and efficient handling and protection of assets.

The workshop on scams will address the fact that the number of seniors falling victim to scams continues to rise. The presentation will provide some startling statistics, detail the top scams being reported, identify red flags signaling a scam and provide resources for seniors to report scams to state and federal agencies. Heightened awareness of scams and knowledge about where to turn for information can help Maine seniors avoid financial losses and ID theft.

There will also be a medicine collection. An officer from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office will be on hand to collect expired/unused prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins and pet medication.

The mission of SeniorsPlus is to enrich the lives of seniors and adults with disabilities. SeniorsPlus serves more than 17,000 individuals annually.


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