Senator Corman hosts senior expo

Sentinel photo by BRADLEY KREITZER
Bill Hunsicker, left, of Lewistown, speaks with Patty Davis, of Primary Health Network, Thursday morning at the Senior Expo presented by Senator Jake Corman at the Lewistown Community Center at Rec Park.

LEWISTOWN — State Sen. Jake Corman (R-Bellefonte) met with Mifflin County senior citizens Thursday to inform them about programs and resources available to them in the region.

“This is for (seniors) to find out about all of the services we have,” Corman said. “We have exhibitors here that provide services to senior citizens that they may not be aware of. It is a chance for them to come out to see what is out there that can help them in their daily life.”

Senior citizens from Mifflin County formed a line outside the Lewistown Community Center prior to the two-hour Senior Expo that included door prizes, refreshments, over 25 vendors and free health screenings.

Some of the stands included the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank; ClearCaptions; Geisinger Health Plan; GenRx Testing Solutions; Juniata County Library; Lewistown Home, Health and Hospice; Mifflin-Juniata Human Services; Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board; and the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General.

The Community Traffic Safety Project was another vendor available Thursday, represented by Tim Nebgen and David Toohey. The safety project aims to increase awareness of the “Pennsylvania Yellow Dot” program — whoever takes an interest in the program receives a yellow sticker to put on the side of their windshield and a pamphlet to fill out including information about the participant’s emergency contacts, blood type, any medications they’re regularly taking and allergies. This information is intended to be stored in the glove box of a car so if an accident were to occur, police and anyone trying to help the victim would know who to call and what to do.

Corman believes the expo could change seniors’ lives.

“They will get information that they need to improve their life, Corman said. “Anything from health care to consumer advocates are here for them to view.”