Tuesday Oct 18 2011
Senior resource expo hits the road
By: Laura Newell, Telegraph Staff Writer
A group of professionals are joining forces to provide families with information about long-lasting services available to them. The first Traveling Senior Support Roadshow expo will help El Dorado County seniors and their families find information, resources and guidance on services and benefits available to older adults. The free expo is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22 at Light of the Hills Lutheran Church, 3100 Rodeo Road in Cameron Park. “We want to get the information out to seniors,” said Heather Chubb, expo organizer and Gold River attorney. “I’m an elder care attorney and understand how challenging it is to find all the planning information needed. Getting these things done early is always going to make it easier when something comes up unexpectedly.” David Williamson, an agent with New York Life in El Dorado Hills, said as people get older certain things need to be arranged including wills, nursing services, hospice services, wheelchair services and money other items. “At the expo, we will address the needs of people as they get older and hopefully before they need the services,” Williamson said. “If these items come about during the time of crisis, like an illness, people go into panic mode trying to sort these items out. So we are trying to provide people with this information before it’s needed. That will make it an easier transition for everyone, the individual and their support system.” The expo will include 12 stations with information on estate and financial planning information as well as information on benefits to which seniors may be entitled. Williamson said the idea for the expo was created by Pete Messimore who runs an in-home care service in Pollock Pines. “Pete always ran into people who didn’t plan and couldn’t find the information to care for themselves because no one had done the planning beforehand,” Williamson said. “So, he had this idea to provide this information at one place for people and families. The hope is to provide education and information to people.” For more information, visit chubblawfirm.com/events or call (916) 635-6800.