While some stations had services you'd expect to find at the annual event -- such as retirement homes and in-home care -- a few provided a glimpse into some of the less-obvious issues facing the elderly.
But Branting was there to remind seniors there's more to the center than bingo.
The center is celebrating its third year in its current facility,
"Most people come for a good, homemade lunch," said Branting. "And they end up staying and coming back again and again because of the activities going on."
The September schedule she handed out was chock-full of classes, activities and support groups. In addition to providing entertainment, these gatherings could also affect attendees' health. A study released earlier this year by
Branting said the center intentionally designed spaces to make social interaction easier.
At Tooley Drug and Home Care's station, respiratory therapists
"Back then, if I set up one person a week, that was great," she said.
Jones estimated that number has grown to 200 -- 250 people a year.
As more people seek medical treatment, some are wondering how they will pay for it. Jones said a few people mentioned their concerns about upcoming changes to
Taylor said some
"They're living on a fixed income," said McMullin.
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