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Senior Expo in York offering need-to-know info

Informed seniors make better decisions.

That's why the York and Clover chambers of commerce are sponsoring the 2008 Western York County Senior Expo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Filbert Presbyterian Church, 2066 Filbert Highway, York, says Rhonda Lesley, director of Individual Caring for the Elderly of York County, event organizer.

The expo is a chance for local businesses and nonprofits to share information with senior citizens about the services they offer. More than 40 venders are expected to attend the event. They'll share information ranging from banking services to health care, including home health services and hospice, Lesley said.

For seniors who often don't drive or get out a lot, it's a great way to find resources before they need them, Lesley said.

Many seniors face tough decisions about retirement and providing for health care if their family doesn't live in the area, she said.

"This is one way for them to be able to gather all the possible information they could ever need," she said.

It has been six years since a senior expo has been held in western York County, but it used to be held on a regular basis, said Kathy Cantrell, director of the Clover Chamber of Commerce.

"We have more or less resurrected it," she said.

The expo will be very similar to the ones in the past and it's something they'd like to continue in the future.

"From the response of the businesses and organizations, it will definitely be on the calendar on a regular basis again," she said.

Paul Boger, director of the Greater York Chamber of Commerce, said he hopes to have about 100 seniors attend.

"We feel like it's timely to do it," he said. "I think it will reacquaint seniors with probably some things that were in place in 2002, but also will give them an opportunity to see things that have occurred since then."

There may be changes in retirement laws or tax breaks for seniors that could help them financially if they knew about it, he said.

For more information about the expo, call the Greater York Chamber of Commerce at 684-2590 or the Greater Clover Chamber of Commerce at 222-3312.