MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - The MUSC Center on Aging kicked off its inaugural "Senior Expo" Thursday in Mt. Pleasant with hundreds of attendees.
Seniors, caregivers, family members and service providers joined the free event at the Omar Convention Center. The expo, centered on educational and health resources, featured mini-mental exams, safety-risk assessments as well as heart and blood pressure checks and bone density screenings.
According to the 2010 census, 25% of the Lowcountry's population are age sixty and older.
"The senior population is one of our largest groups. Why not do what we can to help them and provide the resources," Heather Boger with the Center on Aging said.
"Seniors are coming in…to really learn more about the education, health screenings, health awareness related to aging," Boger said. "[The expo's] just an open opportunity, lots of vendors to provide resources."
Boger said the feedback has demonstrated the area's need for an annual event.
"There's resources here that as a community, we don't necessarily know about. Whether it's the fire department being willing to schedule appointments to go in and look at fall risks and the safety of one's home to learning about senior living facilities," Boger said. " This is the first year we've done this. This is something they're saying needs to happen every year."
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