More than 350 older adults converged in Somerville on April 12, for a free health and wellness expo hosted by Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services (SCES).
Now in its 17th year, the Elder Fair expo drew over 50 exhibitors and service providers, with the common themes of enhancing health, well-being, and independence for older adults.
The event was termed both a celebration and a natural outgrowth of SCES’ mission of providing information, services, and supports for older adults, by agency Director of Outreach & Community Relations Nathan Lamb.
“Connecting people with community resources is a huge part of what we do, but facilitating those exchanges in person, through a nice social event, is unique,” said Lamb. “I think that’s a big part of why this event has seen such strong support over the years.”
The free health and wellness expo is supported by a wide range of sponsors, and has become SCES’ largest annual community event. Primary sponsors for the event are: Anodyne Homemaker Services, Metropolitan Home Health Services Inc., and Multicultural Home Care. The day also featured a Meals-on-Wheels raffle, which raised more than $500 to support nutrition programs through SCES.
Elder Fair closed with a lunch, which was donated by SCES, Harvard and MIT.
Established in 1972, SCES is a non-profit aging information and service center, which helps older people and people with disabilities remain safe and independent in their own homes by providing a wide range of supportive services, as well as information and advice.
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