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Successful senior fair

Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 9:54 am

With praise coming from guests, exhibitors and its members, Essex-County-Tappahannock Triad definitely considers this year’s Senior Health and Safety Fair a success.

The event, planned in partnership with Riverside Tappahannock Hospital was held on October 1, the International Day of Older Persons, at Beale Memorial Baptist Church. The main hall was packed with people who came to learn and others who came to inform.

“I attended to learn about things I’ll be facing in the future—health-wise, with investments, insurance, medicine. Whatever lies ahead,” said Edris Stafford of Fredericksburg. “And, yes, I  feel like I got what I came for,” she added.

Dr. E. Ayn Welleford, an associate professor and gerontologist at VCU Department of Gerontology delivered one of two keynote presentations. With Disrupt Agesim, she sought to help senior deepen their understanding and recognize the positive rewards of aging.

Essex County deputy Travis Martin presented Church Safety, a multimedia presentation about the realities of dealing with an active shooter. The candid discussion included allowing participants to hear the sounds of gun shots in different settings and advising them how to boost chances of getting away alive.

During 30-minute breakout sessions, Judy Preston covered food safety and physical fitness instructor Meg Miller gave a demonstration of her Brains & Balance class. Randy Davis, community outreach director for Virginia Office of the Attorney General tackled Medicaid fraud and elder abuse while Melissa Owens, a neurologic music therapist for VCU Health presented Music & Dementia, which focused on the power of music to unlock memory, emotions and transform lives.

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Meg Miller and Edris Stafford participate in the Virtual Dementia Tour.

“I felt like I was in the middle of a crowd that was ignoring me,” said Miller.