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Silver Linings: Help from the experts delivered at senior expo in Manchester

New Hampshire Union Leader

September 30. 2017 10:00PM
Mary Schoenley, center manager for Service Link, talks to Armand and Jeannette Lavallee, from Manchester, during the Silver Linings: Senior Healthy Living Expo held at Manchester Community College in Manchester on Saturday. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)
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MANCHESTER - "I didn't know that so much help was available."

That was the common response of the more than 400 people who attended the Union Leader's Silver Linings: Senior Healthy Living Expo on Saturday at Manchester Community College.

The daylong event attracted more than 40 organizations and provided information on everything from home health care to estate planning to yoga. It also included 15 seminars led by experts to help educate people about caregiving, fraud, volunteerism and health.

Norm St. Hilaire, 68, of Manchester was one of the attendees looking for help. He held up a shopping bag filled with brochures and pamphlets on the services offered throughout the state that he picked up while walking around the information booths.

"It's something I needed," said St. Hilaire. "I didn't know about all the kinds of help. Now I do."

The expo was borne out of the Union Leader's Silver Linings series, a yearlong collection of stories focused on New Hampshire's aging population. New Hampshire is home to the second oldest population in the country in terms of median age.

Roland and Claire Blanchard of Manchester said the series of stories has brought them awareness. Claire said they attended the expo to get information on home health care, assisted living options and nutrition.

"We're here for information on issues that will face us in the future," said Roland Blanchard.

One of the providers on hand was Dr. Renee Keimig from Rehab 365, which provides outpatient rehabilitation services. She found a steady stream of people walking up to her booth seeking information on rehab services, home care and nutrition.

She said she recently put on a seminar in Plaistow about Rehab 365's work and she asked how many in the crowd of 50 had computers. Keimig said four people raised their hands. That's why events like the Union Leader's Silver Linings: Senior Healthy Living Expo are so important, Keimig said.

"People just don't know what's out there. It's about connecting people to resources available to them," she said.

Attendees left the expo with bags of giveaways and information.

"It's like our trick-or-treat," joked Roland Blanchard.

The Silver Linings series is a partnership between the Union Leader and the New Hampshire Endowment for Health.

The expo was sponsored by AARP New Hampshire, Visiting Angels, Ascentria In-Home Care, Ambrogi Law Office PLLC, Home Instead Senior Care, Ledgewood Bay Assisted Living and New England Allergy, Asthma & Immunology P.C.

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