From home security to vein disease information, Aiken residents found support, participated in demonstrations of various products and connected with vendors at the sixth annual Aiken Senior Extravaganza.


Attendants could visit more than 80 vendors and, those who registered, could participate in classes from “Ask the Dietician: A Question and Answer” to “The Benefits of Weight Loss Reduction and Cardiac Risk Factors,” on behalf of the Tri-County Home Health and Hospice Care of Tri-County.


Jay Watts of Aiken Family Pharmacy gave flu shots to anyone willing, and Joyce Cato and Taylor Watts spoke to visitors about the importance of chiropractic care.


“I've been doing this for about 20 years,” Cato, office manager of Aiken Chiropractic, said. “We come every year, and it's good for people to check us out because it's important to people to keep their spines healthy.”


Aiken resident George Clary said while he has been to the Extravaganza several times, each time he enjoys going back.


“The displays are my favorite,” Clary said. “It's nice to have the opportunity to speak with various representatives, some of which we really need and are very interesting.”


While many walked around the H. Odell Weeks Activites Center learning about AARP opportunities or money management, some took part in the Right at Home In Home Care & Assistance Virtual Dementia Tour. The tour facilitates a setting as if the individual has dementia like Alzheimer's disease while also allowing family members to understand the difficulties their loved ones go through on a daily basis. The tour uses different tools such as blurred goggles, uncomfortable shoe inserts and headphones to simulate distractions and uncomfortable triggers.


Mark Hudson, bereavement coordinator with Regency Hospice, demonstrated the tour to understand what his father who has Alzheimer's goes through.


“I'm most impressed with the frustration,” Hudson said. “My dad has Alzheimer's, so it was definitely an interesting learning experience.”


The City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, partnered with Tri-County Home Health and Hospice, Right At Home, Trinity on Laurens and BeWell Home Services, Regency Hospice and Cumberland Village to offer the expo.


Sponsors included Right at Home, Tri-County Home Health and Hospice, Anchor and Health and Rehab, Aiken Neurosciences, Professional Case Management, Hospice Care of South Carolina, Daybreak Adult Care Services and Edward Jones.


Maayan Schechter is the city beat reporter with Aiken Standard.