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Originally published: 2014-04-24 14:13:59
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Senior Adult Services Expo May 9 at Boone Mall

by Sherrie Norris

Statistics prove that the High Country is one of the most desirable places to retire and a great place in which to grow old. 

Many attributes of the area draw people here, but a myriad of opportunities and services for the aging community help keep them here - healthy and happy.

To help make it all possible, the 12th annual Adult Services Expo, scheduled for Friday, May 9, will showcase dozens of agencies and service providers designed to make life easier for the senior adult population. 

For more than a decade, the event has been held as a way to help inform and educate the community on available services, as well as to identify and address those services that are needed, but currently unavailable. 

Last, but certainly not least, is the opportunity for citizens and community agencies to network and to learn more about each other and to celebrate local accomplishments.

The five-hour event, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., will be held once again at the Boone Mall. 

The highlight of the day is always the entertainment, and, in particular, the Celebration of Living Awards presentation at noon, at which time some of the area's most outstanding senior citizens are honored for their contributions to their community. Recipients will be recognized in the following categories: Caregiver of the Year, Centenarian of the Year, Facility Resident of the Year, Individual with Disabilities of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.

Nominations for the awards are accepted from community members and may be made by May 1 by calling Jen Teague at (828) 265-8090.

Door prizes will be given during the event, as well as candy, snacks, pens, pencils, writing pads and other goodies supplied by participating vendors. For more information, call the Watauga County Project on Aging office at (828) 265-8090.