News From Terre Haute, Indiana

October 11, 2013

2013 Senior Expo is almost here

Howard Greninger
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — More than 30 vendors are expected to be on hand to assist seniors with information and products during the 14th annual Senior Expo to be held Oct. 16 at Hulman Center, on the campus of Indiana State University.

The expo will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., free admission.

“It is a great opportunity for area seniors to visit with different types of businesses all in one location and many vendors offer door prizes,” said Julie Killion, advertising director at the Tribune-Star, which is partnering with the Area 7 Agency on Aging and Disabled for the expo.

New this year are seminars from the Indiana Attorney General’s office on preventing identify theft and on the dangers of leftover prescription drugs kept in medicine cabinets. The seminar on scams and fraud will be held at 10:30 a.m., while the prescription drug seminar is slated for 1 p.m., Killion said.

Bingo, with door prizes, will be held from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Among new vendors this year is the Vigo County Triad SALT (Senior and Law Enforcement Together).

Ellen Reeves, a member of SALT, said the new agency’s purpose “is to educate our seniors on how they can talk to law enforcement and have them more accessible,” Reeves said.

The group will provide educational programs to help prevent seniors from being victims of scams, “such as telephone calls saying their grandson has been jailed and they are to send money to get [him] out,” Reeves said. “Or for a utility bill, someone calls to say they need to verify their bank account to pay utilities and then [takes] money out of their account.”

Reeves said the group’s survey found identify theft, fraud and burglary are the biggest issues for seniors in the Wabash Valley. To help educate seniors, SALT has planned its first “Coffee with a Cop” to held Nov. 13 at Meeting Grounds at Sixth Street and Washington Avenue.

“We are also looking for senior volunteers to help make wellness calls, to make sure people are OK. We have a lot of seniors who don’t have family nearby, so this would be someone else they could talk to,” Reeves said.

Dave Anderson, owner of Anderson Medical Products, knows the importance of meeting with seniors. The company, which will be at the expo, touts the largest selection of home medical products in the Wabash Valley in its 4,000-square-foot showroom at the corner of Seventh Street and Springhill Avenue in Terre Haute.

The company offers high-tech respiratory products, such as ventilators and CPAP and BiPAP machines; mobility scooters; power chairs; seat lifts, bath safety supplies; wound care and pain management items; hospital beds; and nursing supplies.

The company, started in February 1984, is approaching its 30th anniversary.

“We kind of think of ourselves as a candy store for the elderly and the disabled. We try to offer lots of colorful items that help improve the quality of their lives,” Anderson said.

The Hearing Aid Warehouse has offices in Terre Haute, Brazil and in Marshall, Ill. The company has been in Terre Haute for eight years, but has been in the Wabash Valley for almost 20 years, said Aaron Hobbs, hearing instrument specialist.

The company is an authorized distributor of Lyric, an ear implant that is placed in the ear canal. “It is a hearing aid that stays in the ear. You don’t have to change the batteries, you can take a shower or bath with it,” Hobbs said.

The device remains in the ear for three months, then the company replaces the device.

Hearing aids start at $750 and vary in price, depending on hearing needs.

Gloria Wetnight, director of the Area 7 Agency, said the expo allows seniors an opportunity to learn about services available to them. The agency provides congregate meals “where people (over 60 years old) can go and have socialization,” Wetnight said. The agency offers 15 sites, such as at Peddle Park, Dreiser Square and Garfield Towers.

The agency also provides home meal delivery and offers counseling for Medicare Part D, a prescription drug plan. Open enrollment for that program starts Tuesday and runs through Dec. 7, Wetnight said.

“We offer preventative health program, such as a fall prevention class called Matter of Balance and do a program on living a healthy life with a chronic condition,” Wetnight said.

Area 7 Agency serves more than 3,000 elderly annually in Vigo, Clay, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion and Putnam counties.

Reporter Howard Greninger can be reached at 812-231-4204 or

Senior Expo

• The 14th annual Senior Expo is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hulman Center at Indiana State University.

• The expo will have more than 30 vendors. For more information, call 812-231-4226.