Posted on Nov 16, 2022
The Wellness Center for Older Adults is a nonprofit organization serving the needs of older adults in Collin County. In partnership with the City of Plano and Dignity Memorial, the Wellness Center for Older Adults hosts an Annual Community Resource Fair that gives caregivers and individuals aged 55 and older the opportunity to gain invaluable information from companies that serve the aging population. The availability of a variety of resources in one location is highly beneficial for older adults and caregivers.
This year’s resource fair was held on Oct. 29 at Plano’s Sam Johnson Recreation Center for Adults 50+. More than 250 attendees were able to access information related to caregiving and aging, and more than 50 businesses and organizations had vendor booths offering one-on-one discussions.
The fair included presentations by leaders in the industry on topics including "The Healing Power of Stories," "Peace of Mind in End of Life Stages: Legal, Medical and Celebration of Life Planning," "5 Levels of Healthcare Transition," and "Healthcare Transitions: Caregiver's Guide to Resources."
Plano West Rotary Club sent six volunteers to serve that day. Service project coordinator Joy Hinkelman led Rotarians Michelle Thornton, Glen Thornton, Irvin Barrett, James Thomas and Pieter Niehaus in supporting the event.
The volunteers helped prepare goody bags, set up, tear down, staff the registration table, assist vendors, and support the event’s activities. The Wellness Center for Older Adults has a small staff of nine individuals. Without this volunteer assistance, the Wellness Center would not have had the manpower to run the event.
Plano West Rotary’s support of this event helps support education and grow local economies, which are two of Rotary’s areas of focus.
Our club looks forward to being able to support this event again in 2023! Visit our service projects page to find more opportunities to volunteer and serve our community.