Carroll County 2018 Seniors on the Go Expo to offer free therapies, health screenings

Carroll County 2018 Seniors on the Go Expo to offer free therapies, health screenings
Barbara Snyder, right, with The Retirement Living Sourcebook, discusses housing options with Wilma Brown, of Taneytown, at the Seniors on the Go Expo at the Carroll County Agriculture Center in Westminster on April 6, 2016. This year's expo is set for Wednesday, April 4. (Times file)

Ready to try something different? The Carroll County Bureau of Aging and Disabilities will offer a variety of free therapies and health screenings at this year’s Seniors on the Go Expo.

The expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at the Carroll County Agriculture Center’s Shipley Arena.


“We wanted to give those that are attending the opportunity to experience something new,” said expo chairwoman Leslie Wagner. “We thought if they had the opportunity to try these things, then they might seek it out themselves and include it as part of their health care.”

Wagner said the 13th annual expo focuses on the needs and interests of Carroll County’s older adults, people with disabilities, veterans, their families and caregivers. Complimentary therapies will include massages, acupressure, sound immersion, reflexology, essential oils education, reiki, acupuncture and visits with a therapy dog.

Certified sound healer Patricia Norton will set up different percussion instruments and invite people to sit down with her to do mini-sessions.

“I’m setting up an atmosphere to disengage the mind and discharge the nervous system,” Norton explained. “We were all born with a blueprint of what our perfect health is and our bodies are always trying to self-heal. Sound stimulates the body to try to do that. When our respiration and heart slow down and our muscles relax, that incites a deeper state of healing.”

Reiki practitioner Renee Deiaco will access participants’ energy frequencies.

“You can be seated or laying on the massage table and you can be touched or not touched,” Deiaco explained. “It’s about bringing the body into balance. It’s a very gentle, simple process and it promotes relaxation. Through that relaxation, healing can occur. The healing can be physical, emotional or spiritual. I hope it makes them feel better in some way at some level.”

Wagner is also excited about the expo’s free health screening area.

“We have so many amazing screenings from lots of different businesses and agencies,” she said. “We’ll have screenings for memory and language, oral cancer, vision and eye health, biometrics, bone density and skin analysis. The results will be explained and you’ll be able to take that information to your doctor.”

Three seminars will also be available during the expo, Wagner said. Participants can learn how to avoid scams, see what assistive technologies are available and learn more about changing one’s living situation to fit one’s lifestyle. Attendees get a chance to win a $25 Walmart gift card.

At 1 p.m., attendees can play bingo for a variety of prizes. Vendors have provided 40 prizes ranging from gift baskets to local restaurant gift cards, Wagner said.

She said handicap-accessible buses will run through the Ag Center parking lots and will drive guests straight to the entrance from their vehicles.