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Volunteering for dignified death

Volunteering for dignified death

I arrived at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in the driving rain, in the pitch dark, to help set up our table for the professional networking breakfast that started at 7 a.m. I was at the Baltimore County Baby Boomer/Senior Expo, a two-day event that has become wildly popular over the last two decades, probably because of all the freebies and giveaways, the nonstop entertainment and the gratis health screenings.

At the Senior Expo over 300 exhibitors ranging from county agencies and nonprofits to giant businesses like Wegman's and CareFirst compete for the attention of 11,000 attendees. Since it was just a few days before Halloween, a holiday atmosphere permeated the cavernous Cow...