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More than 1,000 attend Senior Fair at Chambersburg Mall

September 06, 2013|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
  • State Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Franklin/Cumberland chats with 73-year-old Louis Willett, Chambersburg, Pa., at Friday's annual Senior Fair held at the Chambersburg Mall.
By Roxann Miller

SCOTLAND, Pa. — Seventy-three-year-old Louis Willett said he is fit as a fiddle now, but he likes to stay informed just in case he needs any services for seniors in the future.

Every year, Willett travels to the Chambersburg Mall for the annual Senior Fair hosted by state Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Chambersburg.

“We try to stay current with what the various organizations in the community are providing,” Willett said. “That way, if we need help, we know where to go.”

Willett was one of more than 1,000 seniors who attended Kauffman’s ninth annual event held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday.

“It’s a great turnout,” Kauffman said.

With 80 vendors on tap, Kauffman said he started the event to help seniors find information quickly and easily in one convenient location.

“There is always something more that our seniors learn that can be of help to them as they enjoy their golden years,” he said.

With Obamacare right around the corner, Kauffman said many seniors expressed concerns.

“A lot of seniors are apprehensive about the upcoming years, and what Obamacare and the whole implementation is going to mean to them, and their quality and affordability of care,” he said.

This year, the Village of Laurel Run in Fayetteville, Pa., sponsored a breakfast for the event.

After finishing up breakfast, Butch Myers and his wife, Janice, of Spring Run, Pa., said they appreciated Kauffman hosting the fair.

 “I think it’s good for him (Kauffman) to see the people that he serves,” Janice Myers said. “And to see what their needs are, and to make himself available to hear what’s needed.”

Inside the mall, rows of vendors representing state agencies, local government, businesses and nonprofit organizations set up their booths.

Allen and Kay Mentzer, Fayetteville, Pa. stopped by the Ludwick Eye Center booth to chat with Kristin Anderson, networking and business development coordinator.

“We usually come every year,” said Allen Mentzer, 75.

It was the second year that the Ludwick Eye Center set up at the fair, said Anderson, who was sharing the importance of eye care to the senior population.

People 65 and older are affected by cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration, she said.

“By age 80, half of all people need cataract surgery,” Anderson said.

“We’re now offering laser-assisted cataract surgery in our office. This is a totally new technology for cataract surgery,” she said.

Cindy Holmquist, office manager for Franklin County Assistance Office, said the fair provides an invaluable service for area senior citizens.

“It puts all the agencies together, so seniors can have one-stop shopping,” Holmquist said. “They can see us all in one place. It’s convenient for them.”

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