HARRISBURG,  Sept. 26, 2011 –  Hundreds of local seniors packed the gymnasium at Camelot’s Excel Academy for state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione’s annual Senior Expo.

Sen. Tartaglione greets visitors to her Senior Expo at Camelot's Excel Academy. Click on photo to view gallery.

“This is always the best event of the year,” Tartaglione said. “It brings together seniors from my district with students who put in a lot of effort to host them at the school.  Everybody has fun and everybody learns something.”

The Senior Expo featured dozens of exhibitors with products and services that can help seniors navigate the sometimes complicated system of services available to them.

“Getting face-to-face answers to questions makes some important decisions easier,” Tartaglione said. “The Senior Expo gives them a chance to keep up with a rapidly changing world.”

Students from Camelot’s Excel Academy helped transform their gymnasium into a crowded marketplace that included free help from state, federal and city agencies, as well as vendors ranging from home security systems to therapeutic footwear.

“We keep coming back here because the students and staff at Excel Academy do such a great job welcoming everyone,” Tartaglione said. “The community gets a chance to see what locals students can do with the right mentorship and guidance.”