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Healthy Aging Expo draws crowds Wednesday to aquatic center
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Comfort Keepers owner Alan White greets visitors Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, during The Times’ Healthy Aging Expo at the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center.

Laura Irvin had planned to go to the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center in Gainesville Wednesday, Sept. 26, just for swim class when she stumbled upon the The Times’ Healthy Aging Expo.

And she’s glad she did.

“It’s pretty neat,” said the North Hall resident, holding a bag of free items she had picked up going from table to table.

Irvin was one of several hundred people crowding into the center off Jesse Jewell Parkway for the free event. 

The annual expo showcased vendors focused largely on health matters, but attendees also got information on how to better prepare for the golden years through finances, housing and fitness.

“A lot of our clients are in the (older) population,” said Michael Wolfe, nutritionist at The Vitamin Shoppe, which was handing out food and drink samples. 

In addition to vendors, the expo featured prizes, screenings and classes offered by the aquatic center in Zumba, yoga and water activities.

Jackson Boyum, a Humana marketing representative, spoke in a program about Medicare, particularly noting that open enrollment is Oct. 15-Dec. 7.

“We have changed some of our options,” she said.

However, Boyum added, “Medicare doesn’t allow you to discuss any options until Oct. 1.”

Irvin was glad Longstreet Clinic had a table at the event.

“I go to them for everything,” she said.

Northeast Georgia Health System also had a few representatives on hand, including Aileen Jackson of The Joint Care Center.

“Our population are folks who have worn out their joints,” she said. “I help guide (patients) through the process, because it can be a little scary.”

Josh Davis of East Hall said he believed the event “had a lot to offer people. It’s kind of like the YMCA here.”

Norman Baggs, general manager of The Times, said the newspaper was “proud to be able to host the Healthy Aging series of expos and appreciate the support of our sponsors in making them happen.”

The event was held last September at Frances Meadows and this March at The Venue at Friendship Springs in Braselton.

“We hope a lot of people will take advantage of this opportunity to obtain information that may be vital to their health and overall well-being.”

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