Seniors' Health

17th annual Expo for Seniors
Caring for a loved one? Have aging parents? Work with seniors? If you’re looking for resources that will help them gain independence and lead a more active and fulfilling life, be sure to attend the Expo for Seniors from 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 17 at River’s Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud.

This year’s theme will be “Scams 101: Prevention, Protection and Next Steps.” The keynote speaker will be Donna Gregory, the unit chief at the Internet Crime Complaint Center under the FBI Cyber Division.

Engage with a diverse group of more than 100 vendors offering information on health care, housing, finance, fitness, safety and more. Stop by the CentraCare booths representing Coborn Cancer Center, Home Care, Hospice, Medical Alert Service, Physical Rehabilitation, St. Benedict’s Community, Volunteer Services and more!

This free event is geared toward seniors and their adult children and is open to the public. The Expo for Seniors also features speakers, entertainment, free breakfast, health screenings and door prizes. See you there!
Tips to stay safe while walking
  • Choose a familiar route that is flat and free of obstacles.
  • Consider the surface you’ll be walking on. A smooth, soft surface that’s free of debris will put less strain on your joints and feet.
  • Wear supportive footwear — low-heeled footwear and non-skid soles.
  • Avoid rushing which increases your risk of falling. Take your time.
  • If using a walking aid (e.g. cane or walker), ensure that it is fitted for your height.
  • Walk with friend or a walking club. Carry a cell phone in case of emergencies.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather and drink plenty of water.
  • Stop or take a break if you feel any pain during your walk. Consult a health care provider if pain continues after your walk.
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