FEBRUARY 15, 2012

“All Things Senior” Expo offers information and entertainment

SCOTTSDALE – Senior citizens – those 65 and older – are now at the top of the heap in U.S. Census numbers according to www.seniorjournal.com.  This group is now, for the first time, the largest in terms of size and percent of the population in the United States.  It grew at a faster rate than the total population between 2000 and 2010, according to recent census data.  In 2010, the older population represented 13 percent of the total population, an increase from 12.4 percent in 2000.

Here in Scottsdale, more than 40 percent of our population is older than 50.   

To help address the issues and needs of our aging population, the Scottsdale senior centers are hosting an “All Things Senior” Expo.   The free event, sponsored by McDowell Village and Arte Resort Living, is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St.

The Expo will provide a "one-stop-shop" for those looking to connect with valuable local resources for housing, recreation and fitness, transportation, health and wellness, retail deals, travel and much more.

About 100 exhibitors will be on hand to provide information and demonstrations.  The event also features live entertainment and health screenings.  The Scottsdale Police Department will be on hand to accept and properly dispose of expired and/or unwanted over-the-counter and prescription drugs.  Plus, a representative from Parks and Recreation will answer horticulture questions.  Marilyn Monroe impersonator Laura Nava will perform at 12:30 p.m.
Get more information by calling the Granite Reef Senior Center at 480-312-1700 or visiting www.ScottsdaleAZ.gov/seniors.