Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on H-E-B: Expo on Friday offers help to seniors, baby boomers and caregivers

On Friday, a health and lifestyle event in Bedford, Empowering Seniors, has everything the older crowd needs.
On Friday, a health and lifestyle event in Bedford, Empowering Seniors, has everything the older crowd needs.

After seven increasingly successful years, the Empowering Seniors Health & Lifestyle Expo will be back again from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Euless’ Campus West, 205 N. Industrial Blvd. in Bedford. The expo — attended last year by more than 2,000 seniors, baby boomers and caregivers — is hosted by Tarrant County Commissioner Gary Fickes.

“We are very grateful for all of our sponsors and exhibitors, including our new presenting sponsor Care N’ Care Insurance Co. Inc., who is bringing North Texas weather legend Troy Dungan as our special guest,” Fickes said.

The event is a one-stop place where older members of the community preparing for their golden years can check out their options for healthcare and major quality-of-life issues. The forecast for the expo is “fun” according to veteran weatherman Dungan, who will welcome guests and pose for souvenir photos.

“Participants will enjoy live entertainment, free health screenings conducted by healthcare professionals from four area hospitals, plus exhibits, bingo and lots of nifty door prizes. And one lucky attendee will win a drawing for a $500 shopping Visa card that is perfect for that pre-Christmas shopping spree,” said Rebecca Barksdale, Precinct 3 administrator in charge of the event.

Assisting Barksdale are staffers Devin Wenske, Theresa Parsons, Malory Shank and Freida Landerholm with help from committee volunteers Judy Atwood, Faye Beaulieu, Amanda English, Marcia Etie, Renee Frizzell, Michelle Holloway, Terri Palamino, Ronnie Parish and Michelle Varley.

“More than 140 exhibitors include businesses and nonprofit agencies that serve the over-50 market, among them travel agencies, legal and financial services, retirement communities, assisted-living and Alzheimer’s centers. Exhibitors will also offer information on nutrition, insurance, hearing aids, orthopedic and dental services, medical supplies and a chance to apply for a handicap sticker,” Barksdale said.

Always a top attraction at the event are the on-site health screenings to test things like cholesterol, blood glucose, bone density, hearing, vision and more. “We can’t say enough about our four area hospitals that have been with us from our first event in 2009 providing valuable health screenings,” says Fickes. “Our attendees confirm year after year that these free screenings are crucial to how they monitor their health.”

Attendees with a Medicare card can receive free immunizations for flu, pneumonia, shingles and whooping cough along with information fall prevention, dental health and prostate risk assessment. Those wanting to get rid of expired medications may bring them to the event for safe disposal.

“Seminars will include last year’s popular ‘Ask the Doctor’ panels that feature nine physicians, surgeons and pharmacists over three different sessions,” said Barksdale. “Guests may also attend any of the eight workshops on topics including Medicare updates, health and well-being, local social outings, senior fraud and the basics about memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s.”

Yummy food samplings will be served up by Anna’s Mexican Grill, Bacon’s Bistro & Cafe, Boulevard Eatz, Chick-fil-A, Dickey’s Barbecue, Italianni’s, Kroger, Palio’s Pizza, McAlister’s Deli, Rita’s Ice and Texas Roadhouse. Entertaining dance and Zumba demonstrations, jugglers, balloon artists, a steel drum player, a photo booth and a performance by vocalist Ken Nelson are just a few fun attractions guests will enjoy

Admission is free, but registration is required. Sign up online at www.EmpoweringSeniors.com or call 817-581-3600.

Prayer answered for Mid-Cities Care Corps

John Fletcher, who owns Fletcher Consulting in Hurst, believes he experienced “an incredible act of God” at a meeting last month at the Colleyville Chamber of Commerce.

In a segment at the monthly meeting designed to emphasize the approaching North Texas Giving Day, area nonprofits were given 30 seconds to tell the audience all about their charity. Fletcher made things more interesting by donating $1,000 to be given to one of the charities in a drawing after the presentations.

When Duane Buuck from Hurst-based Mid-Cities Care Corps took his turn at the podium, he drew a laugh from the audience when instead of launching into a narrative about his charity, he said: “I would ask each of you to stop and say a silent prayer with me that our name will be drawn for the $1,000 check.”

In a drum roll moment a few minutes later, Fletcher randomly drew one entry from among the 25 that were submitted by the nonprofits in attendance. And it belonged to none other than Mid-Cities Care Corps.

“Apparently the right people were praying and God certainly was listening,” Fletcher concluded.

Mid-Cities Care Corps provides transportation services for elderly and disabled people throughout Northeast Tarrant County. Learn more at www.midcitiescarecorps.org.

Denim & Dice party Oct. 22 benefits those battling neurological problems

A special evening awaits guests at the Denim & Dice fundraiser party Oct. 22 where revelers will enjoy wonderful food, good music, terrific prizes and casino games while supporting a good cause. Proceeds from the event hosted by the NeuroFitness Foundation will be used to fund fitness programs at the NeuroFit Gym in Euless for those experiencing neurological problems.

“We have really stepped it up this year to make sure the evening will be memorable to our patrons,” said foundation Vice President Terry Lewis. “The NeuroFit Gym is the only facility like it in the Texas area. People come from all over the DFW area to take advantage of this user-friendly workout environment.”

The facility provides specialized exercise equipment for strength and cardiovascular training for people who have experienced life-changing events such as stroke, disease or accident.

A special dinner and dessert will be created by Chef Tyler, a graduate of the Le Cordon Bleu program at Texas Culinary Academy. Emcee for the festivities is the host of CBS radio’s Better Living show, Nick Carissimi. “We are returning the very popular Bob Davey with his music styling of country and rock and roll for our guests’ listening pleasure,” said Lewis.

Guests in the casino area will see how Lady Luck treats them in games of poker, craps and blackjack as they vie to win great prizes. A silent auction will also be open for bidding. Door prize drawings throughout the evening will make lucky winners happy.

The party venue is the Grapevine Convention Center. Tickets are $150 per couple or $85 each in advance or $100 at the door. Purchase online at www.neurofitness.org or call 817-875-7185.

Briefly

  • Crud Day for Euless residents is from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the municipal complex, 201 N. Ector Dr. It is time to dispose of hazardous waste such as paint, chemicals and oil. Capacity is limited to about 125 households. Also accepted are small electrical appliances such as computers, radios, VCRs, stereos, clocks and hair dryers. Direct inquires to 817-685-1400 or visit www.eulesstx.gov/hazmat.
  • Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra opens its season at 8 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Irving Arts Center, Carpenter Hall. The concert will feature violinist Kiarra Saito-Beckman performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major. Single tickets are $16.50 to $46.50. Call 972-252-4800 or purchase online at www.lascolinassymphony.org.
  • Little Skynyrd Band performs at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at Leon Hogg Amphitheater, 1951 Bear Creek Parkway. Part of the MasterWorks concert series, the tribute band will play ’70s music and all the Lynyrd Skynyrd classics. Lawn seating, bring a picnic, drink concessions available, free admission.
  • Painted Pumpkin Sale hosted by Circle of Friends is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 15 at The Villages of Colleyville, 33 Main St., Suite 140. Beautiful hand-painted pumpkins are available, but arrive early because they go quickly. This Mid-Cities charity uses funds from the sale to help young cancer patients at Cook Children’s hospital.

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