Positive aging expo

Stephanie Cook of Jobs and Family Services speaks to participants of the Positive Aging Expo, Thursday morning. Jobs and Family Services was promoting adult safety.

MANSFIELD -- The annual Positive Aging Expo brought older adults and resources together at the Richland County Fairgrounds on Thursday.

The event, which hosts nearly 600 people, helps older adults learn information about options for positive aging, or aging in a healthy way.

"Part of that is just having information," said Teresa Cook, chief of marketing and development for the Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, which hosts the annual event. "We have providers here. If you have information that helps you make decisions as you are aging, that can be life altering. That's so important."

Cook added the event was meant to be informational and fun, with a vocal impressionist performance, a caricaturist, games and a free lunch.

"I'm here for the vocal impressionist (Randy Valez)," said Jim Crose, excitedly eating a soft serve ice cream.

Crose said he hadn't looked around much at the resource booths, but said he might look at them before he left.

"We have some great information," said Stephanie Cook of Richland County Jobs and Family Services. "There is a ton of information here today, and there are so many resources here that we want elderly people to be aware of. We want them to know Richland County is wonderful and there are so many resources."

Other than resources and learning about information, a big draw for the event is to be social.

"That's what we hope for on this day," Teresa Cook said. "We want them to have fun and see their friends.

"You're next to someone at a booth and hear them ask a question and you may say, 'Oh yeah, I wonder that too.' It starts a conversation."

Staff Reporter

Noah Jones is host to The Open Mic Podcast -- available on Apple Podcasts! He is the crime, education and music reporter for Richland Source. He is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and a giant Cardinals fan.

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