Seniors and caregivers invited to October Expo

Senior & Caregiver Platinum Sponsors From left: Marshal Huddleston, Life Care Center of Sparta; Latessa Morris, Life Care Center of Crossville; Pam Ealey, Habitat for Humanity; Chelsea DePree, Senior & Caregiver Expo Co-Chair & AAAD intern.

COOKEVILLE – The 17th Annual Upper Cumberland Senior and Caregiver Expo, hosted by the Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability (AAAD), is quickly approaching and organizers invite all seniors and caregivers in the Upper Cumberland to attend.

This year, the expo will be held at Life Church at 2223 N. Washington Ave. in Cookeville from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16 and for the first time will offer information about caring for individuals of all ages.

Attendees will be able to visit booths of businesses and organizations from around the region to gather information and resources related to health care, personal care, home health, assisted living, long term care and services benefiting infants to older adults.

The expo is free to attend and offers a free legal clinic, health screenings, door prizes, car show, car seat check point, free chips and salsa by Blue Coast Burrito, costume contest, caregiver training, photo booth and more.

Platinum sponsors for the expo include Quality of Families, Cookeville Regional Medical Center, Saint Thomas Hospital, NHC HealthCare Cookeville, Heritage Point, Home Instead Senior Care, Home Caregivers, Relative Caregiver Program, Bailey Manor, Life Care Center of Crossville and Sparta, Habitat for Humanity, Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency, Takacs McGinnis Elder Law Care, United Healthcare and Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance.

Caregiver training will be offered following the expo from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. The first session taught by Toni Roberts, DNP, RN will cover safe patient handling for family caregivers and in-home workers. The use of lifts and assistive devices will be included.

Session two taught by Shehla Rooney, PT will cover the following topics: “You can’t prevent falls…or can you?”, “What is arthritis? And can I do anything about it?”, and “Exercise: Do I really need to do it?”.

Individuals interested in the caregiver training should contact Clare Farless by phone (931) 432-4111 or email at to register. The training is free, and a certificate of training will be provided for participants.

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 AAAD on the web at and at

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