Columbia Mature Living Festival to be held for seniors, families

Monday, September 17, 2012 | 3:53 p.m. CDT; updated 1:43 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 18, 2012

COLUMBIA — Ballroom dancing, flu shots and estate planning will be some of the offerings at the Mature Living Festival. 

The Boone County Council on Aging will host the 22nd annual Mature Living Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 5 at Parkade Plaza, 601 Business Loop 70 W.

The festival will offer a "one-stop shopping" opportunity, said Jennifer Macy, Council on Aging executive director.

More than 65 vendors and organizations will offer services and information on health care, estate planning and life planning to seniors, caretakers and families.

"People may ask, 'What does this all mean?'" Macy said. "It can be confusing." Organizations will also provide information about assisted living, long-term care and independent living.

"It's going to be a really good resource for people working with seniors," Macy said.

The Missouri Security Division will offer sessions on senior fraud prevention, and Boone Hospital will provide free health screenings and flu shots for those with Medicare cards. Non-card holders can receive these services for $25.

Festival entertainment highlights include a ribbon cutting by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce's Ambassadors to signify the opening of the ceremony, ballroom dancing, a lunch-time cooking demonstration and performances by the St. Louis Strutters and singer Lois Ann Marler. Door prizes will be offered as well.

This all-ages event will be free and open to the public.

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