Marteny: Safety fair helps enhance quality of life for elderly

The Seniors Outreach Services Society will hold the annual Seniors Safety Fair on Thursday, June 16, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The safety fair will be held at the Trinity Baptist Church, 1905 Springfield Rd., at the corner of Spall and Springfield.

The safety fair is a free public event that provides information to those 55+ on how they can protect themselves and their assets as they age. It focuses on the safety, health and overall well-being of seniors.

This is a great opportunity for seniors and their families to meet with a range of service providers and to explore available community resources.

From 9 to 10 a.m., there will be a feature presentation by Dr. Mary Ann Murphy, entitled the Upside of Ageing.

Murphy is a professor at UBC Okanagan, and has many years of extensive practice working with seniors and their families.

From 10 a.m. to noon, browse through the display booths from over 40 seniors’ focused organizations and businesses, and participate in interactive demonstrations.

The mission of the Seniors Outreach Services Society is to enhance the quality of life for seniors in our community. The society is a federally registered charity.

In its ongoing work, the society collaborates with other organizations to better serve the needs of seniors.

There has been tremendous growth in the use of the society’s programs and services over the past few years.

With the ever-increasing elderly population in the Okanagan, and the decline in available services targeted towards seniors, it’s important for organizations that cater to seniors to create partnerships.

Through these partnerships they can fill the gaps in services geared towards seniors, as well as sustaining programs already operating.

The society feels that it is very important to come together as a community to offer the best services and programs to the elderly.

The doors for the Seniors Safety Fair open at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 16, and the coffee will be on.

There will be door prizes, draws, and refreshments provided. Bring your friends and come join us for this fun, informative event.

For more information call the Seniors Outreach Services Society at 250-861-6180.

Sharen Marteny is a services consultant for seniors in Kelowna.



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