F.I.S.H. to hold first Annual Senior Expo for community
Island seniors have the opportunity to learn about services, activities and businesses of relevance to their daily lives at the first-ever resource expo being organized by F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva.
The first Annual Senior Expo will be held today, Jan. 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Community House on Sanibel, featuring approximately 50 area agencies and businesses. The exhibitors will offer information on a variety of topics, with health screenings, a dementia tour and more also scheduled.
“It’s to give them the opportunity to find out about resources available to them and their families,” Program Director Kathy Y. Monroe said, adding that F.I.S.H. works with all of the exhibitors.
“We said, ‘Let’s put them all under one roof and make it a little easier for our residents in the community to have access,'” she said. “Everything is free, everything is complimentary.”
The theme for the expo is “The Best Is Yet To Come! Keeping Active, Staying Healthy!”
Topics of interest include health care, recreation and vacations, end-of-life planning, legal services, senior employment opportunities, safety, scams, medical alert options, and nutrition. Information about independent and assisted living and long-term care facilities will also be available from exhibitors.
“We’ve attempted to have a touch-point for every senior’s life,” Monroe said.
She noted that the exhibitors will be a mix of on-island and off-island entities, such as the Sanibel-Captiva Lions Club, Billy’s Bikes, Center 4 Life and Simmons Law Firm, plus the AARP, CarePatrol, United Way, Hope Hospice, Oasis Senior Advisors, Florida Rural Legal Services, and AAASWFL.
“Every one of the exhibitors was excited,” Monroe said of when F.I.S.H. proposed the idea of hosting a senior expo. “Unfortunately, there were a few we had to turn away because we ran out of space.”
Interactive opportunities for attendees will include an eight-minute virtual dementia tour, which will run from noon to 3 p.m., along with skin cancer, auditory, visual, balance and memory screenings.
“There will be different screenings that will take place,” she said.
Monroe noted that people can sign up upon arrival and all are complimentary.
There will be hourly giveaways, with prizes donated by the Shell Point Retirement Community and Avidity Home Health. Cypress Cove Senior Living and Arden Courts donated reusable tote bags.
“When they go from table to table, they’ll have stuff to put in those bags,” she said.
F.I.S.H. is expecting a turnout of about 300 people.
“It is our intention for this to be our first one,” Monroe said of making the expo an annual event.
The public is encouraged to stop by.
“This is going to be informative, fun and exciting and we hope you will join us,” she said. “Feel free to bring your friends.”
For more information, contact Monroe or Anthony Morales at 239-472-4775.
The Community House is at 2173 Periwinkle Way.