Nearly 50 vendors set up booths at 2013 Senior and Caregiver Expo
John and Pat Martin, left, of Smithsburg get information on a Coumadin monitor from Leah Kirkland of Lincare of Hagerstown at the 2013 Senior and Caregiver Expo held Thursday. (By Yvette May/Staff Photographer / May 16, 2013)
Jon Kromm, deputy director for the Governor’s Office of Health Care Reform in Maryland, spoke to the attendees in the morning about the Affordable Care Act and how it can affect them as seniors, including possible discounts on prescription drugs, preventive care coverage, cracking down on fraud and waste, and open enrollment periods for health insurance.
Renee Cohen of U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin’s office, D-Md., set up a booth to inform people about the advantages of the Affordable Care Act.
Both talked about what the state of Maryland is doing in relation to health care as well.
“I’ve enjoyed visiting to learn some things,” Clifford Myers, 84, of Hagerstown, said about the event. “I learned a lot about Medicare” and how the Affordable Care Act will affect it.
Nelson Market, 67, of Hagerstown, said he understands much better how the changes in health care will affect him.
“I hope everything works out,” he said. “I learned a lot on what’s going to happen on Medicare.”
Nearly 50 vendors set up booths at the event, including in-home care and assisted living providers, eye doctors, law offices, and Realtors.
Kimberly Buchanan, director of development for Washington County Community Action Council and treasurer for CARES, said that the event is important to inform citizens of all the available resources in the county.
“We have a huge amount of organizations and nonprofits in Washington County that can help people, and we network very well together,” she said. “If we can’t help someone, we certainly refer them to someone that can.”
Buchanan added that Washington County CARES partnered with United Seniors of Maryland Education Foundation, which is going to Western Maryland communities to talk to seniors about resources available to them, to put on the event this year.
Representatives from Lincare, which offers home medical equipment to patients, set up a booth displaying some of the company’s items.
“We just wanted to come out, be part of the community, reach our senior crowd, and let them know that there’s a better life out there versus having to go into the lab all the time,” Vanessa Price, center manager for the company, said.
“I want to learn about different health issues affecting seniors,” Mary Jane Stottlemyer said.
Roger Stottlemyer, 70, added that, “When you get older you don’t know how your health’s going to be. I’d like to know information about assisted living and their price ranges.”
Virginia Neisser, 69, of Maugansville said she was liked the socializing that happened at the event.
“They have a fantastic lunch,” she said. “I like the sections with the hearing aids and the eye doctors.”
Washington County Commissioner Jeff Cline was the keynote speaker at the event.