Writer Lara Piu

[dropcap]A[/dropcap] vibrant and healthy life at any age is the goal of the Community Senior Health and Wellness Expo. Held October 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Desert Foothills YMCA in Scottsdale, the free event will feature a wide assortment of North Valley organizations that serve older residents.

“Each year we join forces with partner organizations serving the senior community to put on an event encouraging our neighbors to live a healthier lifestyle by answering their questions and offering a variety of health-related resources and services,” Debbra Determan, Foothills Caring Corps executive director says.

The star of the show will be former news anchor Lin Sue Cooney who is now the director of community engagement at Hospice of the Valley. As keynote speaker, she will share heartfelt advice and resources in her presentation, including how seniors can rise above age-related concerns and shape a healthy life. She has a passion for seniors and loves to share the range of services beyond end-of-life-care offered by Hospice of the Valley.

“Lin Sue Cooney’s passion for the community and experience in wellness resources made her a perfect keynote speaker,” David Court, Desert Foothills Library executive director suggests.
Expo attendees will be able to connect with more than 40 health and wellness experts and exhibitors and learn out about senior resources and services in the Foothills community. Honor Health, Maricopa County Senior Adult Independent Living, Jackson White, Moving You Simply, Paradise Valley Community College and others will be in attendance.

Interactive events, demonstrations and presentations by a variety of experts focused on prevention and early intervention will also be offered. Topics include tai chi, yoga, legal information, nutrition, fitness, maintaining memory and brain health, along with home safety, fall prevention, medication interaction and more.

The event is organized by Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce, Carefree Physical Therapy, Desert Foothills Library, Education and Community Services, From the Heart Senior Transitioning, Foothills Caring Corps, Honor Health, Hospice of the West, Lone Mountain Memory Care, Maricopa County, Silverado Memory Care, the Town of Cave Creek, the Town of Carefree, and more.

These dynamic community organizations have pulled together their resources to provide older residents of the community with a convenient way to obtain the information they need to improve wellness and maintain their independence. Its organizers believe that a long healthy life begins with taking steps to keep track of and detect changes in your health to help prevent more serious problems.