Senior Expo informs, has fun

TEXARKANA, Texas — Hundreds of seniors gathered Friday morning to explore all that the 23rd annual Townsquare Media’s Senior Expo had to offer at the Texarkana Convention Center.

“People my age need to think about how to plan for the last leg of their life,” said event organizer Andi Darby. “We feel like an intermediary between those who have the products and services and those who need them.”

Darby said about 65 vendors attended the event, which included a variety of booths showcasing respite and home care, hospitals, hearing assessments and real estate attorneys.

Kattie Thomas came to the event with her friends and enjoyed the photo booth props provided by Cowhorn Creek Estates Seniors Residential Facility.

“I came here for health reasons,” Thomas said. “I’m diabetic, and there are so many goodies here too.”

Tommy and Valerie Lindsey received a free hearing screening from the Gilliam Hearing Center.

“We’ve never been there before because we were both often working during the day,” Valerie Lindsey said. “But we both recently retired and decided to go out and see what it’s all about – and grab the free stuff.”

Business developer Katie Stone led the stand law firm of Ross and Schoalmire. Elderly people passing by often stopped to play PLINKO to win prizes like a jar opener.

“It’s always been a great place to see as many older people as possible at the same time,” Stone said. “We do elder law and estate planning, probate and things like that. We’re excited to have things picking up in person.”

Super Bingo was a big draw, which came as a pleasant surprise to first seller Trace Smith.

“We’ve been here in town for 34 years and we have nine charities playing with us,” Smith said.

Jackie Keener and Kattie Thomas don their crowns at the Cowhorn Creek Estates photo booth Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, during the 23rd Annual Senior Expo at the Texarkana Convention Center in Texarkana, Texas. (Staff photo by Mallory Wyatt)

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