By: Carol Carter | Category: Special Interest | Issue: July 2013
Bernie Dornblaser, LIFE Senior Services; Eileen Neighbors, Tulsa Promenade Mall; and Carol Carter, LIFE Senior Services.
More than 50 exhibitors will line the walkways of Promenade Mall, offering older adults and their families the opportunity to talk with local experts in aging services and explore senior resources, services and housing options.
Those attending will have access to information about a full array of senior programs and services including veterans benefits, senior centers, retirement living and housing options, Medicare and health insurance, home health providers, counseling and behavioral health services, hearing aids, home safety devices and many more.
Senior groups from LIFE’s Senior Centers at East Side Christian Church and Southminster Presbyterian Church will be giving hourly demonstrations of senior fitness activities including Tai Chi, chair aerobics, Yoga, line dancing, social dancing and Zumba Gold. LIFE’s Senior Centers offer dozens of activities each week that encourage healthy aging through creativity, fitness and leisure opportunities, mental stimulation and new friendships.
Free copies of the 2013-14 edition of LIFE’s Vintage Guide to Housing & Services will also be distributed at the event. The Vintage Guide is northeastern Oklahoma’s most comprehensive catalog of services and resources for seniors. It features 235 housing options, more than 150 healthcare, hospice and specialty services, and 700 community-based services. The publication’s articles, which address common questions about senior issues, have been updated and expanded. It also features a glossary of helpful terms and definitions related to aging services, and checklists for comparing different housing, healthcare and hospice options.
It is a valuable tool for older adults and family caregivers, as well as health care providers, social workers, aging services professionals and anyone who works with older adults.
According to Eileen Neighbors, marketing director at Tulsa Promenade Mall, “The event is designed to help seniors and their families meet local experts and gather information that will help older adults lead more active, independent and healthier lives. The aging services network in Tulsa is vast and can be somewhat confusing. Hopefully, we’ll be able to help families have a better understanding of senior programs and services and how to access them.”
The event is sponsored by Tulsa Promenade Mall and LIFE Senior Services, a non-profit United Way organization that serves more than 25,000 seniors and family caregivers each year, providing information, education and services that help older adults retain their independence, dignity and quality of life. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this summer, LIFE offers a full array of programs for seniors and family caregivers, including Senior Centers, Adult Day Services, Case Management, Vintage Housing, Caregiver Support, and SeniorLine Information and Assistance.
For more information about LIFE Senior Services or the Senior Living Fair, call 918-664-9000.