55+ Expo to help seniors connect with businesses Senior services: Area businesses will inform seniors about services geared to their needs as the Anne Arundel Trade Council and the Department of Aging join forces for the third annual expo in Glen Burnie.

April 10, 1996|By Consella A. Lee | Consella A. Lee,SUN STAFF

Seniors provide a growing market, and the Anne Arundel Trade Council is giving local businesses an opportunity to tap into it at the third annual 55+ Expo next week in Glen Burnie, organizers say.

The expo, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 18 at La Fontaine Bleu on Ritchie Highway, will include representatives from banks offering advice on estate planning and travel agents talking about getaways, said Jeanette Wessel, chief operating officer of the Anne Arundel Trade Council.

The trade council and the county Department of Aging are sponsors of the expo.

"There are a lot of services that seniors don't know about," Ms. Wessel said. "That's why it works out so well that we do this with the Department of Aging. We combine their knowledge of the senior market with ours of the business community."

Attendance has "been creeping up every year," she said, from 1,300 the first year to 1,700 last year. "This year, we're aiming for 2,000."

The bigger crowds indicate the need for the seminars, she said.

Anne Arundel County has 80,000 people 55 or older; by the year 2000, there will be 111,000, according to figures provided by the Department of Aging.

The expo offers 14 seminars on topics such as health, financial planning, retirement living options and exercise tips.

There also will be raffles, games and entertainment, including the Oriole Bird, a show tunes group from Chesapeake Music Hall and Sincerely Yours Barbershop Quartet.

Chesapeake Hearing Centers will bring the Phonak Zoom, a hearing aid that operates like a zoom camera.

"You can zoom in, as they like to say, on a conversation," said Tim Aland, project director at the Severna Park company. "If there's noise behind you and you're talking to someone in front of you, you can cut out the noise behind you and hear only the person in front of you."

Chesapeake Spas representatives will show off a line of hot tubs that sell for $2,500 to $8,500, and Chesapeake Health Plan representatives will bring fitness instructors to teach seniors strengthening and toning exercises.

"We're trying to get seniors out of their house and off the sofa into some kicking, stretching and low- impact exercises," said Sharon Bova, Medicare field supervisor for the Advantage 65 program.

Pub Date: 4/10/96

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