Times Leader Staff Writer
It’s once again time for the 10th Annual Caregiver Support Fair, which is organized by the Belmont County Adult Services Coalition through the Department of Job and Family Services and put on to give senior citizens, the elderly disabled as well as caregivers the chance to learn about anything from nursing homes to new equipment.
Charlene Moffo, Caregiver Support Fair Committee publicity chair said the event is expected to host nearly 60 vendors, including the Area Agency on Aging, Jarvis Law Office, which specializes in elderly care, Anwar Eye Center, nursing homes and many more.
“We’re asking for the caregivers and the senior citizens to come to this fair where they can learn about new products, new services available, house screenings, blood pressure, pulse ox screenings, vision and glaucoma, spine screenings and respiratory screenings.” Moffo said. “All the vendors there will have information on their products or service, hand outs and door prizes.”
Seniors will be able to have their health screenings blood pressure taken for free, and look into things they may need, such as walkers.
“A lot of senior citizens and caregivers donát know whatás available to them -- there is help and different agencies that can help with shopping and driving ... a lot of seniors don’t even know that it is available,” Moffo said, noting that much of this help is free through governmental agencies.
There will be live entertainment by Mark Statler, Rachael Beck and Kool FM, cake donated by Riesbeck’s Food Market in St. Clairsville, plenty of door prizes and a plethora of information.
The fair will take place at the Ohio Valley Mall Tuesday, May 5 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Moffo said there will be “a lot of give-aways and a lot of fun.”
The Belmont County Adult Services Coalition is a group of social service and health care agencies, businesses and organizations that provide services to the adult population in Belmont County. The group meets monthly to share resources and provide educational opportunities. There are no membership fees and membership is open to anyone providing services to the aging community.
“We’re (the Coalition) just there to inform ourselves,” Moffo said, âso we can inform the senior citizens that we deal with. Thatás the purpose of our meetings - to educate us so we can educate the seniors we service.”
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T-L Photo/KATIE MATZ
Riesbeck’s Food Market in St. Clairsville will donate a cake that feeds 99 people to the 10th Annual Caregiver Support Fair, which will take place at the Ohio Valley Mall Tuesday, May 5 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. From left are, Judy Hartman, Caregiver’s Support committee member, Charlene Moffo, publicity chair, and Dennis Kasprowski, Riesbeck’s store manager.