Here’s a one-stop shop for seniors to get info about services, all to keep them ‘safe and healthy’

At last year’s inaugural event of Senior Fest, more than 500 seniors attended. This year, there are more than 700 tickets available for seniors to attend. (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the Norfolk Sheriff's Office)
At last year’s inaugural event of Senior Fest, more than 500 seniors attended. This year, there are more than 700 tickets available for seniors to attend. (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office)

NORFOLK — With crimes against seniors on the rise, Norfolk Sheriff Joe Baron is aiming to connect seniors with services to keep them safe and healthy by hosting a “Senior Fest” at Norfolk Scope on Sept. 25.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

At the Senior Services Support Seminar, residents ages 55 and older can learn about resources from more than 70 vendors, while enjoying live entertainment and free lunch.

Seniors can register to get a ticket now by going online to Norfolk-Sheriff.com.

Registration ends on Sept. 17.

“At the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office, we are committed to taking care of our seniors. Our seniors are a kind, trusting generation, and unfortunately, con artists try to exploit these traits with new scams and technologies,” Baron said. “We are stepping up to provide a solution. Our senior fest provides all the resources seniors might need, with vetted, trusted vendors.”

Senior Fest is designed to showcase a wide variety community resources – from free health screenings, cost savings, and job opportunities to joining social groups.

“As seniors become older, they become less mobile. This is a one stop shop for anything they could need,” Lt. Meryah Breeden said.

At the event, Dominion Power representatives will talk about ways seniors can reduce their monthly bills, AARP will provide information about jobs, and Hampton Roads Transit will talk about ways for seniors to get around, according to the sheriff’s office.

Medical professionals will offer free flu shots, A1C tests, blood pressure checks, and hearing and eye testing. There will be Realtors who specialize in helping seniors sell their homes and downsize. Groups like Primeplus Senior Center and the Chrysler Museum will outline upcoming wellness and social events.

At last year’s inaugural event of Senior Fest, more than 500 seniors attended. This year, there are more than 700 tickets available for seniors to attend. (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the Norfolk Sheriff's Office)
At last year’s inaugural event of Senior Fest, more than 500 seniors attended.  (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office)

The event comes as the senior population continues to grow.

According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, the senior population in the United States is expected to double in size by 2050 to 83.7 million. Low social support has been found to significantly increase the risk of mistreatment and abuse of seniors.

This year’s Senior Fest is the second annual Sheriff Joe Baron Foundation Senior Support Services Seminar. At last year’s inaugural event, more than 500 seniors attended with 65 vendors.

This year, there are more than 700 tickets available for seniors to attend.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.