By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2013
Committee members for the 25th annual Rogers County Senior Day include (L to R): (back row) Rod Mason, Community Home Health; Susan Smith, Claremore Senior Center; Maria Wells, Hope Hospice; Louella Standingwater, Claremore Indian Hospital; Debra King, Claremore Indian Hospital; Rusty McMurray, Sterling House; (front row) Shaye Rowlett, Amedisy’s Home Health; Jennifer Kegin, Sterling House; Kim Timmerman, Amedisy’s Home Health; Delayna Trease, Summit Physical Therapy; Peggy Trease, Advance Imaging; and Janice Jones, volunteer. (Not pictured: Jeff Clagg, Serenity Hospice; Wanda Inman, Sterling House; Sharon Reed, Good Shepherd Hospice; and Devon Murry, Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative.)
Free health screenings, great door prizes, free breakfast and lunch, bingo with fabulous prizes and information from local businesses is on tap for the 25th annual Rogers County Senior Day set for Tuesday, April 23. Elvis will also be in the building during the silver anniversary of the popular senior event at the Claremore Expo Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Duke Mason, an Elvis impersonator, is back by popular demand to entertain area senior citizens.
Mason, who has performed with many talented groups, including Elvis’s band the Jordanaires, is a multi-talented singer, playing guitar, keyboard, bass and drums. He has received worldwide acclaim for his talent and has been featured on numerous television programs. “He has been coming for many years,” says Delayna Trease, committee president. “The seniors just love him.”
Seniors also love the vast array of vendors from home health care, physician services, pharmacies, insurance, finance and other senior-oriented companies who not only provide information for guests but freebies like cups, calendars, pens and medicine holders.
Many of the vendors will offer free health screenings, including blood pressure checks, BMI evaluations and muscular-skeletal assessments. Screenings will take place between 9 and 11:30 a.m., allowing seniors to visit the booths during that period to talk with vendors.
From 11:30 to 2, seniors and vendors will be provided a free lunch of barbeque sandwiches. During this time, seniors are eligible to win 20 to 25 prizes during several rounds of bingo. This year’s grand prize is a recliner.
To earn additional entries for door prizes offered throughout the event, senior citizens are encouraged to bring a canned food item. All cans collected will be divided among area food pantries.
Although the day is filled with fun activities, “the main purpose of the event is to educate senior citizens on health issues and what is available to them in our area,” Trease explains. “That is our main focus,” she adds, “to let them know what resources are out there.”
Last year’s event hosted more than 600 seniors. “We are expecting the event to grow,” Trease adds. Pelivan will also be available free of charge to transport seniors to the event. Arrangements must be made in advance by calling (918) 341-7300 to schedule a ride.
Area students from the Claremore High School Junior Navy ROTC will be on hand to serve coffee and lunch to those in attendance. “We are very appreciative of their help,” says Trease, “because they also help us tear down and clean up afterwards.” She also mentions the generosity of the Claremore Expo Center, who donates the building for their use that day.
“The seniors love this day,” says Trease. “It is a great day to socialize and interact with people they may not have seen in awhile. They also love the free health screenings as well as the fun activities we have planned.”
Approximately 25 vendors are already on board for this year’s Senior Day. However, space is still available for other vendors who are interested in reaching out to this age group in the community. Vendors may contact Delayna Trease, with Summit Physical Therapy, at (918) 342-3800 or by email at eat0@eau0eav0eaw0.
“We encourage seniors to come for this fun-filled informative day,” says Trease, “and tell your friends about it. We welcome seniors from anywhere.”
After 30 years in public school education, Carol Round retired and moved from Grand Lake to Claremore, Oklahoma in 2005, where she writes a weekly faith-based column which runs in 14 Oklahoma newspapers as well as several national and international publications. Three volumes of her columns have been compiled into collections: A Matter of Faith, Faith Matters and by FAITH alone. She has also written Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God and a companion workbook, The 40-Day Challenge. This past year she has written three children’s books, a series called Nana’s 3 Jars, to teach children about the value of giving, saving and spending money. All of Carol’s books are available through Amazon. In addition to writing her weekly column, authoring books and speaking to women’s groups, she writes for Value News. She also blogs regularly at www.carolaround.com. When she is not writing or speaking, she loves spending time with her three grandchildren, working in her flowerbeds, shooting photos, volunteering at her church or going on mission trips overseas, and hiking. She is also an avid reader and loves working crosswords and trying to solve Sudoku puzzles.