SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The return of the Family Service Agency Senior Expo is bringing some vital information to seniors all under one roof.
The event at the Earl Warren Showgrounds attracted over 1000 visitors and 113 exhibitors, businesses and non-profits.
Admission was $5.00.
The event drew seniors and those who care for seniors and features health screenings, over 100 exhibits, music, food, and activities. Flu shots will also be available.
Exhibitors include financial services, residential facilities, travel clubs, health care providers, home care services, government agencies, local nonprofits, Caregiver Cafe, and many more. They also had free haircuts, and make up sessions.
Lisa Brabo with the Family Service Agency said, "pretty much any resource you might need is going to be here. "It is a very comfortable atmosphere so you can ask the questions that you have and you can see what is available in the community in case you might need it."
The senior demographic is growing significantly. VNA Health's Community Liason David Moorman said, this is an incredibly surging population. This ebbs and flows with generations. As the generations advance, like my generation I am on the door step of needing services like those provided by VNA. "
The expo also offered health screenings including flu and Covid shots on the spot.
Barbara Finch is with the Santa Barbara County Department of Social Services and she said, "I was very excited because I tried to make an appointment on line yesterday and they didn't have any appointments." For her shot at the expo it took "maybe five to ten minutes total from door to door. "
John Jeffries with The Terrace Foundation said a healthy diet and fresh foods like what they grown on their property is part of the recipe for successful aging. "We have noticed 37 percent less calls for service. Our residents are healthier, they are engaged, they are not disheveled."
There were many personal care and assisted living facilities including a memory care facility with many daily activities.
Felipe Garcia with the Oak Cottage of Santa Barbara said, " giving purpose on a daily basis, the things that they are passionate about. Care, delicious food programs that we put together for them to have."
For more information go to: The Family Service Agency Senior Expo.