Boone County Mature Living Festival offers services for seniors

Thursday, October 10, 2013 | 5:04 p.m. CDT; updated 5:41 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 10, 2013

COLUMBIA — Free health screenings will be available to those who attend the 23rd annual Mature Living Festival. The Boone County Council on Aging will host the event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Parkade Plaza.

"It's a great place to come and find out about any resource you might need to know about aging," said Council on Aging executive director Jessica Macy.

There will be more than 75 booths exhibiting services including information on retirement living and personal well-being options. The festival is expected to draw around 500 people, Macy said.

The festival will also include entertainment from the St. Louis Strutters, other dance groups and cooking classes from Inside Columbia magazine.

The Boone Hospital Center's Know Your Numbers Mobile Health Unit will also be on site offering cholesterol checks and other screenings. Free flu shots will be available to those who provide a Medicare identification card.

"The main goal is that we want people to be healthy and happy," Macy said. "This is a place to come and learn about finding a great place to live, how to be healthy and all of those other options."

The aging council is a local organization that helps identify the needs of older citizens in the Boone County and Columbia region.

Parkade Plaza is located at 601 Business Loop 70W.

Supervising editor is Zachary Matson.

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