Seniors learn what’s available at expo

Residents and visitors explore booths at the Senior Expo on May 23 in Sonora.

The focus of 10th annual Senior Expo: Community Resources for 50 and Beyond is disaster preparedness and fire insurance. These are timely topics for seniors even beyond Tuolumne County. The expo is held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 23 at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora.

After the Camp Fire in 2018, foothill community residents became acutely aware of the importance of precautionary measures. Moreover, the American Red Cross insists that emergency preparedness tips for older adults increase their safety during natural disasters.

Chairwoman Christine Ravely explained that the expo will feature an entire aisle dedicated to informational booths on these issues. Some of the agencies featured in the aisle include the California Department of Forestry Fire Prevention and Protection, the Tuolumne County Office of Emergency Services, Cutler Segerstrom Insurance, Twain Harte-Community Emergency Response Team (TH-CERT) and the Highway 108 Fire Safe Council.

“We also plan to have Adventist Health and Twain Harte Pharmacy on board to address prescription drug safety,” Ravely added. “And for the last four years, Skippy Sumner has been at the expo to showcase telephone access for the deaf. Many people don’t realize this is a totally free program.”

The expo is presented by the Tuolumne County Commission on Aging, with key support from Sierra Senior Providers.

“Adventist Health is going to provide a limited number of free lunches,” Ravely said, “so get there early.”

The event and parking are free. If you need a ride, Tuolumne County Transit provides free dial-a-rides for people with disabilities and those who are ages 60 and older. Call 532-0404.

“There will be approximately 60 booths,” Ravely said.

The Tuolumne County League of Woman Voters, Tuolumne County Aquatics Masters, the genealogical society and the VA Palo Alto Health System are expected to be there. Also, Ravely said that some booths will promote volunteer opportunities.

“Every year, ATCCA (Amador, Tuolumne, Cala-veras Action Agency) serves popcorn at their booth,” Ravely said, illustrating that this is a fun and educational way to learn about community resources and programs that benefit seniors.

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