HARRISBURG, Sept. 21, 2012 – With confusion swirling about voting rights and the future of health care and hundreds of seniors turned out yesterday for Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione’s Senior Expo for answers to a wide variety of questions.
“The political season has brought with it some confusing advertising about seniors and health care and that’s been a problem for many people,” Tartaglione said. “Thrown on top of that is the uncertainty about voter ID, so this might have been the most important senior expo we’ve ever had.”
Tables lining the gymnasium at Excel Academy on Bustleton Avenue were manned by experts from government and private industry on topics ranging from foot wear to Medicare.
“There is a wealth of information at the expo, but there’s also a lot of fun. I get so see a lot of friendly faces that I haven’t seen since last year’s event,” Tartaglione said.
The Senior Expo has been a longstanding partnership between Tartaglione and students at Excel Academy. The students volunteer to set up the event, serve food, help seniors find their way around and take down more than 100 tables afterward.
“Bringing two very different generations for one big event really brings people together and gives them an appreciation of the city they share,” Tartaglione said. “It’s very touching to see the hugs and pats on the back among people separated by 50 years or more.”