An informational exposition for seniors and veterans is likely to draw hundreds of area residents to Bristol Eastern High School this month.
“I’m pretty excited to see it happen,” said state Sen. Tom Colapietro, the Bristol Democrat who organized it.
“I expect to see a good turnout,” said Colapietro, whose 31st District includes Bristol, Plymouth, Plainville and a piece of Harwinton. “People enjoy it and it’s free.”
The August 26 expo, which will feature at least 40 informational booths from private and government agencies and companies, is in its second year.
Colapietro said it’s back “basically by popular request.” He said he intends to make it an annual event because it has shown its value to seniors and veterans in the region.
Some of the senior living facilities in the area are expected to bring busloads of residents, Colapietro said, in order to take advantage of the chance they’ll have to talk to experts in so many areas.
Representatives from various organizations – including Bristol Hospital, the state Department of Social Services, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Social Security Administration, the state Commission on Aging, the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund, the Bristol Veteran’s Council and the Plymouth Senior Center – are expected to be on hand to field questions.
Bristol Hospital and the Social Services department will provide health screenings for diabetes, balance, and other conditions, the senator said.
A veterans’ bus and information booth will have answers for those wondering about veterans’ benefits.
But other booths will have experts who can help with questions on elder law, home energy efficiency, Social Security and other common issues for seniors and veterans, Colapietro said.
All area seniors, veterans, and their families are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided, he said.
The expo runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 26.
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