New Hampshire Union Leader
Silver Linings is a continuing
"I just put my husband into the
"This is really helping me focus on the next stage in my life."
Sandra's husband at 71 suffers from Parkinson's disease and dementia, and she's hoping a bed will soon open for him in the nursing home unit of the
A large crowd walks through the booths during the Silver Linings: Senior Healthy Living Expo held at
"Fortunately, I have a lot of friends from church that look in on me, which helps a lot. This event shows me what's out there for my future."
The crowds for this free program at
Fourteen different seminars were offered, ranging from tax, long-term and estate planning and tips on how to avoid scams, to stories of success by those who have gone on to have second careers after retirement.
"This expo is all about helping people realize there's no better time than the present to start planning for their lives after retirement," said
"There is no reason to think of retirement as the start of old age; it is the start of a whole new active life."
Silver Linings is a continuing report focusing on the issues of
Dartmouth-Hitchcock was the lead sponsor of the expo. Supporting sponsors were AARP New Hampshire,
Partner sponsors were the Ambrogi Law Office, Home Instead Senior Care, Visiting Angels,
"I think when people share their personal experiences with others there is an identification that folks have which is important, and this also allows them to ask relevant questions in the future," said Baker, who moderated the panel about the "second act," when seniors take on new careers.
"Everyone needs help in dealing with the retirement journey."
"You can always learn new ways to improve that advocacy; that's what brought me here," she said.
"I want to get more exercise. I need to get into better shape since I broke my leg a few years ago. I'm getting to that age if you don't use muscles you lose them," Metcalf said.
"I'm looking forward to the sessions on physical therapy and also decluttering as well."
Attendees left the expo with bags of giveaways and information. The free gifts ranged from chocolate kisses and raffle chances to free pens, pads of paper and tote bags.
"I loved the breakfast they had laid out for folks; we all need nourishment," Hilyard said.
"I have lived alone for a long time and I am quite independent so this conference is really helpful to me so that I am aware of all the services that are available to people like me."
"This is very beneficial," she said.
Baker said many workers later in life fail to appreciate how important it is to prepare for life after the conclusion of their first career.
"Until they are retired, folks don't often fully appreciate that work is such a defining thing for them. It's their identity, their social life. They often end up having to scurry around to try and figure out what to do next," Baker said.
"This expo is about giving folks food for thought that help them get ready for life's next stage."
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