Seniors left the Boone County Senior Health & Wellness laden with bags of free goodies and Band-Aids on their arms Saturday, Oct. 5.
Greeters handed them scavenger hunt cards as they arrived. The cards required participants to visit certain booths throughout the Witham Health Pavilion at the Boone County 4-H Fairgrounds to get their card stamped. Filled cards were entered into a drawing.
Realtor Phil Ludlow of Carpenter Realtors in Lebanon, operated one of the more popular booths with a spinning prize wheel.
The wheel had snacks as an option, but the players were pretty excited to receive crisp $2 bills, and Ludlow awarded a big stack of them.
Pat Golladay spun and won a $2 bill, then her friend Barbara Tanselle spun twice, the first for herself and the second for someone not with her. “It’s for my husband Fred,” she said waving around the bills and breaking into laughter with Golladay.
The next woman won a snack bar.
Among the other stops on the card were the Center for Vein Restoration, Guardian Angel Hospice, Home National Bank, Homewood Health Campus, senior living communities, hospice providers and Excel Home Health Care.
The Boone County Health Department provided free flu and pneumonia vaccinations. Mendi Twitty, public health nurse, pulled on another set of purple gloves and said the department had administered more than 70 flu vaccinations by mid-event.
Witham Health Services offered a variety of free health screenings that were popular, but the steady line moved quickly.
Kathy Sawyer, a registered nurse and health care coordinator for Witham Health Services, offered advice and information, while Mike Frasure, Witham’s director of physical rehab, provided screenings and helpful information to those who visited their booth.
It wasn’t all just about physical health. Anyone who wanted could help make blankets for Project Linus, a non-profit organization that provides blankets for children in need. A representative of the Indiana Gourd Society painted gourds and had materials on hand so attendees could also decorate gourds. The BCSSI painting group was on hand with their paintings and cheerful faces to invite others to their weekly classes.
Allyson Gutwein, manager of Midwest Jewelers and Estate Buyers of Zionsville, likes to attend the expo to let seniors know that arthritic fingers don’t have to mean the end of wearing wedding rings.
“Our jeweler can put a shank in the ring,” she said, demonstrating the shank, a clasp on the back of a ring that operates like a little gate, opening the back of the ring for easy removal and replacement. The wearer just snaps the shank closed to secure it until they are ready to remove the ring again.
Gutwein also offers flexible silicone rings in a variety of styles, sells estate jewelry and will accept some older jewelry as partial payment for newer.
Just about every booth had pens, candy, calendars, magnets, or other giveaways with helpful information printed on them.
And for entertainment, David Laskey picked out jazz on his guitar, while young clowns circulated through the crowd. Top Hat and Bow Tie, a.k.a. Quentin Malicoat and Jesse Acton, offered magic tricks and free petting of their invisible dog.
BCSSI expected 400 to attend and did not have final numbers Monday morning, but the parking lot was nearly full for the entire three hours.
The expo is an annual event, and the planning is conducted year round. For more information, call 765-482-5220.