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Annual event ensures senior citizens can make informed decisions

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At the 2016 Seniorama, visitors enjoyed refreshments and entertainment. This year's event will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, in the Decatur Civic Center.

DECATUR — Navigating the world in later life, or helping an elderly loved one do so, can present a dizzying array of options and challenges. 

The 28th annual Seniorama on Friday aims to help by laying out many of them in the Decatur Civic Center. The free event is intended to showcase services and products that are available for older adults and caregivers, allowing them to make informed decisions.

“My target isn’t just seniors. A lot of seniors aren’t making these decisions; even the children of seniors, it is a good event for them,” said Stacey Hagan, marketing manager at the Decatur Civic Center.

Vendors include health insurance agencies, assisted-living facilities, nursing homes, hospitals, doctors, groups that provide in-home care and funeral homes.

“Each of the vendors, they don’t sell anything. They will bring information regarding their businesses,” Hagan said.

The event attracts 800 to 900 people each year, she said. Live entertainment will include a performance by local classic country musician John Stevens and bingo from noon to 2 p.m.

Free beverages and food, including cookies and ice cream, will be available, as well as other food available for purchase. The event also includes prizes and giveaways. 

Sponsors of the event include the Herald & Review, Decatur Memorial Hospital, HSHS St. Mary's Hospital, Ameren Illinois, Sams Hockaday and Associates Inc. and the Cromwell Radio Group.

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