Older adults in York, Pennsylvania, were given the opportunity earlier this week to engage in some fun and fulfilling free festivities at the local expo center. The York Dispatch reports that the 50plus Expo was held all day and offered a wide variety of exhibits ranging from caricature drawings to a variety of health screenings.
According to the news source, the event was free for individuals over 50, and welcomed thousands of attendees who perused more than 90 exhibits.
While the expo was certainly beneficial to the older adults who attended, it also helped area students who were able to practice simple procedures on patients who could use them.
"There's a difference between book-work and hands-on training," massage therapy student Sara McConnel told the news outlet. "With my field, being 'hands-on' is what's important to be good at what I do."
Among those in attendance was 83-year-old Dotti Roach, who has gone to the expo in each of its eight years. Roach said that, in addition to the services provided, the event provided her with ample exercise as she spent all day walking around.
Older adults can certainly benefit from similar forms of exercise. The National Institute on Aging reports that staying physically active can yield many long-term health benefits for senior citizens.