TAVARES — Event organizers were pleased with the attendance at the Lake County Elder Expo held on Sept. 23 as the annual event transforms into a more informal event.
Extension Agent Deborah Boulware slices some fresh pita bread pizza.
“I am very pleased with the turnout,” said Brenda Quattlebaum, Manager of the Lake County Elder Affairs Program. “We are seeing different people than we have in the past, which means we are reaching and educating people on specialized programs.”
The past four years the Lake County Elder Expo was hosted at a local banquet hall and featured a docket of speakers and a formal lunch. This year, the Lake County Elder Affairs Coordinating Council opened up the event with more interactive demonstrations, tours and free giveaways. With more than 25 exhibitors in attendance, this year’s event was also free of charge to residents as vendors helped defray some of the costs.
“Hosting a free event of this type makes more sense as we are trying to reach the people in the most need of these services that are available to them,” Quattlebaum said.
Participants cited several favorites at this year’s expo, such as the cooking demonstrations with Extension Agent Deborah Boulware and Discovery Gardens tours with Extension Agent Charles Fedunak.
Extension Agent Charles Fedunak leads a group through the Discovery Gardens.
Exhibitors participating in the expo included: Lake County Library Services Division, VolunteerLAKE, Central Mobility, Florida Hospital Waterman, Buchanan Health Group, Lake County Health Department, Collier First National Investment Services, Elder Affairs Council, Elder Options, Brain Injury Association, Waterman Communities, Lake County Public Transportation Division, Lake County Veteran Services, Lake County Extension, Visiting Angels, Angels Home Care, New Vision for Independence, Cornerstone Hospice, Mid-Florida Guardian Association, SHINE, Central Florida Health Alliance, Alzheimer’s Family Organization, Interim Health, Home Instead, Leesburg Police Department and Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
For more information about the Lake County Elder Affairs Program, call Brenda Quattlebaum at (352) 742-6525 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.