Seniors gather at TAWC

It was all about information Friday when the Warren Forest Elder Care Council brought the Senior Expo to Clark Street.

“It’s intended to provide information for senior citizens,” Farley Wright, executive director of Experience Inc., said. “That’s the primary purpose of the elder care council. If we can provide some information, we want to do that.”

The event featured a new location, bringing 67 vendors and hundreds of attendees to the Transit Authority of Warren County (TAWC) building.

The TAWC garage provided space for 59 vendors. Upstairs, at the Allegheny Community Center, eight more were featured.

“We put some of the things that require more privacy upstairs,” Wright said, referring to various health screenings offered at the event.

The event also took advantage of support from the City of Warren, which allowed parking on the top story of the Clark St. Parking Garage, and from Northwest Savings Bank, which allowed usage of its property as a staging area.

A shuttle service ran from the garage to the TAWC building.

“We were very pleased in the cooperation of the transit authority, the city, Northwest Savings,” Wright said. “We’ve just had excellent cooperation from everybody. Everybody realizes the importance of this type of event. It’s just great to see everybody come together for one event.”

The Warren Area School District chipped in, letting seniors work the registration desk, and the county provided work release inmates to help with event setup.

Wright said the lion’s share of credit for the event’s success belongs to Susan Himes and Lisa To though.

“They’ve done an excellent job,” Wright said, noting they largely organized the event. “They’ve kind of taken the ball and run with it.”

The new location didn’t impact the events popularity.

According to Wright, last year’s Senior Expo drew between 700 and 750 registered attendees.

“But a lot of people don’t register,” Wright said, citing estimates that last year drew a total of between 1,000 and 1,500 people. “I think it’s a little bigger this year. When it opened, it was just wall-to-wall people.”

“I’ve been told we’ve got as many people here, or more, as last year,” Himes agreed. “Which is a great success for us with the change of venue.”

According to Wright, the elder care council is planning an educational forum in November.