THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - South Georgia is a popular place for those looking to retire.
The growing population got a chance to learn about a number of programs available in our area at a Senior Living Expo.
Hospitals, businesses, and non-profit organizations offer a number of programs and services for senior citizens.
The problem is getting that message to them.
Chairman of Thomasville's Medical Marketing Group Dale Davidson said, “There are so many resources out there that people don't know about. So we try to get everybody in one room and invite the public to come and see what's available.”
Representatives from four counties were also at the fair in an area that has a growing senior population.
Southwest Georgia Technical College RN Theresa Corker said, “A lot of people retire to this area. So we have a lot of people in the elderly and geriatric population that settle here. Having this expo gives them the opportunity to find out how to age gracefully and how to age in a healthful manner.”
Nursing students from SWGTC took people's blood pressure, while nurses from Archbold Memorial hospital set up free screenings.
But the expo covered more than just health and wellness.
Davidson said, “There's a lot more than just hospice and assisted living or nursing homes. There's a lot of elder abuse and elder fraud out there. So we're having some lectures about that.”
Vendors said it's an event they look forward to being a part of every year.
GeorgiaCares Coordinator Candy Ferguson said, “You know that they need the help. You know that they need somebody to talk to and find out their resources. And when you're able to help them and direct them in the right path to what they need, you just feel good.”
Davidson hopes to continue this expo every year to raise awareness of what this region has to offer.