HELP Committee holds 50 plus event for WEAAD

Many folks in the Burgeo area attended a 50 plus event held on June 13, 2016 in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Despite the wet weather, organizers offered participants a day of information, fun, music and, of course, lunch.

With a 10:30 am start, those attending visited various booths with information and resources provided on elder abuse, seniors and depression, cervical screening and other wellness topics. Those interested in the Improving Health: My Way program had the opportunity to find out more information at their booth.  A blood pressure screening clinic was offered by public health nurses on site.

Elizabeth Siegel of the NL Seniors Resource Center presented on programs and services offered by the center. In addition to health and wellness, participants received information on legal situations. Mary Ennis presented information on Last Will & Testaments, power of attorney’s and advanced health care directives.

During lunch, Lorraine Best, facilitated a workshop on Elder Abuse offering tips and resources to those in attendance.

With so much information to digest, it was time to unwind and enjoy life. Thanks to Travis Durnford, many enjoyed a good old fashioned Newfie scuff on the dance floor.

Feedback from participants and members of the organizing HELP Committee felt the day to be very successful.