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August 21, 2012 > Expo encourages "Engaging in Aging"

Expo encourages "Engaging in Aging"

By Gustavo Lomas

What is winter in the beginning of spring? What is summer in the middle of fall? They are memories or thoughts of a time and place once visited or waiting to be seen. Instead of wondering about a conclusion or impatiently seeking an arrival, why not choose to be part of the spectacle instead? Why not experience each day with a sense of curiosity, allowing them to become a part of overall happiness and longevity as opposed to a concern or mere memory? This year, at the 3rd annual Four Seasons of Health Expo in Fremont, this marvelous task can become a reality.

Conducted by the Tri-City Elder Coalition and the City of Fremont Human Services Department, the expo's purpose is to help inspire wellness of senior citizens through activities, demonstrations, and presentations. This year's motto is "Engaging in Aging" with examples of mental health and positive attitude, how to stay healthy when it comes to meals and physical exercises such as Yoga, Zumba and instruction on low impact cardio exercises.

The event is intended for people age 50 and up, but unlike the previous years, the event will also include information for and honor U.S. Veterans; they are encouraged to bring their families to enjoy the friendly and natural atmosphere as well as acknowledge and support family members. There will be over one hundred vendors including health care services, transportation services, and clipper cards ready for purchase compliments of AC Transit and BART, as well as onsite help. Local state and federal agencies, non-profit local agencies, and a variety of health screenings will be available. Ask questions about current or future medications, presentations on new health care policies and the effect they will have, and examples of technologies available to help with healthy living.

For any early birds, the Senior Center will offer breakfast for $3 for Senior Center members and $3.50 for non-members. A delightful barbeque lunch will be available for $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Dr. Ray Grimm, coordinator of Senior Services for the City of Fremont said, "The expo is really about health and wellness. We have Tri-City staff and volunteers as well as sixty plus agents working with us to increase both efficiency and wellness." The goal of the event was originally to attract fifty people plus, but now that goal has doubled in a short amount of time. "The main emphasis is to have fun while gaining better health, to combine them both for overall happiness."

The event will be a Tri-Cities event including Newark and Union City; everyone is invited to participate in raffles throughout the day. Multiple interpreters including A.S.L. will be on hand so anyone and everyone can be involved in this event. Six to eight veteran organizations are expected as well as local politician tables.

The expo runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, August 29 and will occupy Central Park from the boathouse to the Senior Center as well as inside the pavilion. Parking spaces are limited and street parking is not permitted so public transportation is recommended; a parking shuttle will be available for those who take public transportation throughout the day. Among this year's sponsors are The City of Fremont, Alameda Alliance for Health, and Washington Hospital Healthcare System.

For more information call (510) 790-6600 or contact Raymond Grimm at (510) 574-2063, or e-mail rgrimm@fremont.gov.

Four Seasons of Health Expo
Wednesday, Aug 29
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Senior Center
40086 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont
(510) 790-6600

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