Nationally known TV personality and comedian Bob Sarlatte, will highlight the Lamorinda Senior Health Expo for Boomers & Beyond at the Orinda Community Center at 28 Orinda Way on Friday, May 16 at 12:30 p.m.
The 6th Annual Lamorinda Senior Expo and Faire, organized by Senior Helpers of Contra Costa and co-sponsored by the Orinda and Moraga Recreation Departments, has a total of 10 different presentations including the keynote address by Sarlatte.
Sarlatte, a native San Franciscan, will talk humorously about his own experiences as his parents aged and the challenges that many Baby Boomers currently face with their elderly parents.
The faire is free and will include complimentary food and refreshments provided by Whole Foods Market while entertainment will be provided by the LaSalle Street Jazz Band.
Reservations can be made by calling Senior Helpers at 925-376-9900 or going online at www.seniorhelpers.com/contracosta.
The Kensington retirement community is also a sponsor of the event.
Among the speakers is Estate Planning Attorney Stefanie West, who will conduct a workshop on Advance Health Care Directive. Police Detective Brian South of the Moraga Police Department will discuss the current scams and frauds targeting seniors and how best to avoid being duped.
Grace Liu of the Alzheimer’s Association will talk about the latest high tech solutions including monitoring devices for seniors to keep them safe in their own homes.
Diane Whaley of the county HICAP agency will have a presentation on Medicare and how to ensure a senior is getting all the benefits for which they are due.
Dr. Eric Freitag of the Mt. Diablo Memory Center will provide insights on the differences between normal aging vs. dementia.
Adam Riner of Hospice of the East Bay will talk about end of life challenges and new advances in palliative care.
Lauren Masi of Lafayette Physical Therapy will have a workshop on exercise to improve balance and lessen fall risks in the home while Cindy Lima of the California Highway Patrol will speak to the issues facing elderly drivers.
Susie Garcia of Nutrition for your Lifestyle will discuss the importance in avoiding sugar in senior diets.
In addition to the presentations there will be individual health screenings including free blood pressure screening, balance and posture testing, blood glucose testing, body mass examinations and much much more.
In an effort to support families and friends dealing with Alzheimer’s and dementia there will be free signups for DVDs featuring Teepa Snow and the Senior Gems program for family caregiving for the memory impaired.
“We moved our event this year to Orinda to provide better access from the freeway and expanded our senior faire this year to include more topics and believe there is something that will interest all seniors and their families,” said Kevin Reneau, President of Senior Helpers. “It’s a great event with free food and free prizes for those who attend.”
The event is being co-sponsored by Senior Helpers, along with the Orinda and Moraga Departments of Recreation and the Kensington Senior Living.
Free reservations can be made at 925-376-9900.