The Woodward News

September 27, 2013

Elderfair to provide information

Rowynn Ricks
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Woodward Senior Center will soon be hosting a free Elderfair to help seniors stay informed about issues important to them.

“The Elderfair is all about seniors and their needs and interests,” said Kathryn Fanning, director of the senior center.

The event which will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 3, will feature food, entertainment, door prizes, organization booths and a guest speaker. It is open to all seniors aged 55 and over and their caregivers.

Fanning said the day will begin with registration at 9 a.m. with a continental breakfast provided by the Woodward Chamber of Commerce.

Seniors and caregivers will then have the opportunity to browse through the different organization booths.

“We're going to have about 25 booths with information about all kinds of things,” Fanning said.

She said this includes booths focusing on health and nutrition including Woodward County Health Department, Jim's Nutrition, Home Health and Hospice, Woodward Regional Hospital (WRH) and the WRH Sleep Center. Other booths will focus on different senior services including Legal Aid, the Department of Human Services, and Opportunities, Inc., which offers insurance assistance for seniors.

Other booths will include OG&E, Salvation Army, Red Cross, and the Oklahoma Blood Institute. Local and area senior housing facilities will also be represented including Providence Place and Grace Living Center in Woodward and Parkview Point Assisted Living in Laverne.

The organization booths are beneficial for both the organizations and the seniors, Fanning said.

“It helps to make seniors aware of what services and opportunities are available to them and it gives organizations the opportunity to promote their services to seniors,” she said.

In between visiting the different booths, Fanning said seniors will be able to enjoy live entertainment provided by vocalist and keyboardist Jerome Thomas, at 9:50 a.m. and 11:20 a.m.

In between Thomas' performances, former state senator Owen Laughlin will give a speech on this year's Elderfair theme “Remember when . . . Now what?”

Fanning said the theme refers to how “we all remember how things used to be, but how does that help us now. Seniors have a lot of good memories but not that they're getting older there are new issues they have to deal with.”

In addition to information, seniors will also have the opportunity to walk away from the Elderfair with lots of free goodies.

“We asked each organization to bring enough materials and goodies for 300 people,” Fanning said, adding that “Each organization that has a booth has also been asked to bring a door prize.”

The Woodward Lions Club will also be giving away 30 pre-programmed weather radios.

A lunch will then be served around noon before the Elderfair wraps up around 1 p.m. with a grand prize drawing for a new microwave.

For more information about the Elderfair event, contact the Woodward Senior Center at 254-8566.