Heights seniors attend informative expo

Photo by Zeinab Najm. Dearborn Heights resident Barbara Coloske (left) speaks to representatives from Westhaven Manor retirement community during the 2015 Senior Expo at the Berwyn Senior Center June 24.

Photo by Zeinab Najm. Dearborn Heights resident Barbara Coloske (left) speaks to representatives from Westhaven Manor retirement community during the 2015 Senior Expo at the Berwyn Senior Center June 24.

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

HEIGHTS – Seniors filled the Berwyn Senior Center June 24 for the second annual Senior Expo.

The expo included displays from multiple vendors, raffle prizes, services and food for those in attendance.

Berwyn Senior Recreation Center Coordinator Christine Sickle explained where the idea for the expo came from.

“I attended a similar expo in Taylor a few years ago and wanted to host the event in Dearborn Heights for seniors,” she said. “My mother, who lives in Traverse City, told me about the expo she attends for seniors there as well.”

Sickle also emphasized how important the event is for the seniors.

“There was a great need for an event like this in our community,” she said. “It’s an event that provides a variety of services and information for seniors.”

The expo also serves as a fundraiser for the senior center and funds go toward activities and educational events held at the center.

“I love attending this event because it gives me access to so much information,” attendee Barbara Coloske said. “It is a great event because everything is in one place, which makes it easier for me.”

Attendee Lisa Patterson agreed.

“This is my second year attending the event and I love exploring all the things the vendors have to offer,” she said.

Councilwoman Lisa Hicks-Clayton also was in attendance promoting the Light the Night program with an information table.

“This event is amazing for seniors because it exposes them to services and activities for free,” she said. “Each year the event grows and I hope it stays in the community for a long time.”

Vendors participating in the event included Akler Eye Care, Evola Music Center, Hearing Center of Excellence, Heartland of Dearborn Heights, Voran Funeral Home, Westhaven Manor and Wayne Tower Apartments.

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at znajm@bewickpublications.com.)