Senior Expo in Bangor 

Local seniors got a lot of free advice Friday to help make their lives easier.It was part of a Senior Expo at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor.And there was special recognition for some who attended.Meghan Hayward has the story.” It’s the biggest year ever. We’re very excited. I think we’ve had probably 500 people come through so far.”The Senior Connections Expo provides one stop shopping for seniors.” They can come and really see. They might need a little bit of help at home and don’t know where to go. And they can get a lot of brochures and really see what’s available in their areas. It’s a lot easier than going through the phone book.”The Expo featured more than 65 exhibitors and several free screenings.” Blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol. Even evaluations for strokes, fall risk assessment.”The George Hale Silver Frame Awards were presented at the expo, too.The awards honor seniors who are still active in their communities.This year nine people received the awards.” Oh they were all outstanding. Some of them have some physical informities and yet they get up and do for others and that’s one of the most impressive things.”Helen Vose of Machias was recognized for her community support.” I was humbled. I was honored, very honored.”Vose has been a volunteer in Machias since 1965, where she played a growing role in the Machias Food Pantry.Jon Young of Gouldsboro was awarded for his sense of adventure as an avid skiier.” I’ve always done that. I started skiing 50 years ago. And I still enjoy it very much. I ski every chance I get. I enjoy the bicycle, sailing and I just can’t imagine not doing that. I’m very thankful.”Vose is,too, and has some simple advice for other seniors when it comes to staying active.” Keep going. You’ve got to keep going.”