Senior Expo date set

Pictured front row, left to right: Wanda Richardson, Cookeville Regional Medical Center; Rhonda Young, Quality Home Health; Clare Farless, UCDD; Michelle Hedrick, Bailey Manor; Kayla Beth Adams, NHC Cookeville. Back row, left to right: Josh Womack, Putnam County 911; Nancy Hughes, Home Instead; D.D. Tennant, Tennessee Tech University; Sara Martin, Home Instead; Susan Dalton, Heritage Pointe Senior Living; Melanie Hendricks, Alzheimer’s Tennessee; Jean Bennett, Grace Givers Home Care; Rebecca Young, Life Care Center of Sparta; Latessa Morriss, Life Care Center of Sparta; Christi Mueller, Blue Coast Burrito; Summer Maxwell, Tennessee Tech University Intern; Bob Sotis, Life Church.

COOKEVILLE – Plans are taking shape for the 18th Annual Upper Cumberland Senior and Caregiver Expo, which is scheduled to take place Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Life Church in Cookeville.  

Organized by the Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability (AAAD), a division of the Upper Cumberland Development District, the Senior Expo brings together businesses, service providers, seniors and caregivers in a one-day networking event. Participants have the opportunity to gather resources from vendors, health screenings, receive door prizes, and participate in hands-on educational activities, and free lunch provided by platinum sponsor, Quality of Families. Each year, the Senior Expo attracts hundreds of seniors and caregivers from all fourteen counties in the Upper Cumberland region, with optional transportation being coordinated at each county’s senior center.  

The AAAD staff recently met with corporate sponsors to discuss planned activities and this year’s theme, “A Day at The Show: Come Connect, Create, & Contribute.” 

“We have a great group of corporate sponsors this year,” stated Upper Cumberland AAAD Family Caregiver Coordinator, Clare Farless. “Our sponsors make the Senior Expo a fun, successful and valuable event for seniors and caregivers in our region.” 

In conjunction with the Expo, there will also be the opportunity for a Caregiver training from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The cost for the training will $15 and you can contact Clare Farless at 931-476-4143 or for more information and to sign up. 

Senior Expo platinum sponsors include Blue Coast Burrito, Life Care Center, Home Caregivers, Home Instead, Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, Saint Thomas Hospital, Tennessee Tech University Caregiving Center, Heritage Pointe, Quality Home Health, Cookeville Regional Medical Center, NHC HealthCare, StoneCom, Grace Givers Home Care, Joyce Healthcare, Putnam County Emergency Management Services (E-911), WCTE and Alzheimer’s Tennessee. 

Who should come to this event? Typically, seniors are the main participants, but caregivers and other health care professionals are encouraged to attend, as well. Where else can you learn about resources that cover all 14 counties in the Upper Cumberland? For more information, please contact the AAAD Family Caregiver Coordinator, Clare Farless, at 931-476-4143 or  

The Area Agency on Aging and Disability (AAAD), a division of the Upper Cumberland Development District, connects older adults and adults with disabilities in the 14-county Upper Cumberland region with services and resources to improve their quality of life. Find the AAAD on the web at and at

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