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SeniorFest2More than 700 seniors enjoyed Senior Fest hosted by the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office in September at Scope Arena. Residents ages 55 and up learned about resources from more than 70 vendors, while enjoying live entertainment and free lunch.

“At the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office, we are committed to taking care of our seniors. I’d like to thank our Community Outreach team for spending months and countless hours organizing this successful, important event for our seniors,” Norfolk Sheriff Joe Baron said.

Senior Fest is designed to showcase a wide variety community resources - from free health screenings, cost savings, and job opportunities to joining social groups. “As seniors become older, they become less mobile. This is a one stop shop for anything they could need,” Lt. Meryah Breeden said.

SeniorFestFor instance, Dominion Power representatives spoke about ways seniors can reduce their monthly bills, AARP provided information about jobs, and Hampton Roads Transit talked about ways for seniors to get around. Medical professionals offered free flu shots, A1C tests, blood pressure checks, and the Lions Club provided hearing and eye testing. Groups like Primeplus Senior Center and the Chrysler Museum outlined upcoming wellness and social events. Realtors who specialize in helping seniors sell their homes and downsize were also on sight.

SeniorFest4It was also an opportunity for seniors to connect with civic leaders, including: Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander; Norfolk City Council Members Courtney Doyle, Andria McClellan, and Mamie Johnson; Senator Lionell Spruill, Delegate Cliff Hayes, and Delegate Jay Jones; Norfolk Clerk of the Circuit Court George Schaefer; Norfolk Fire Rescue Chief Wise; Brent Johnson from the Norfolk Commonwealth Attorney's Office; and William Shackelford with the Office of the Attorney General.

This year’s Senior Fest was the second annual Sheriff Joe Baron Foundation Senior Support Services Seminar. Barbara Ciara and Les Smith of WTKR News 3 emceed the event. The NSO would like to recognize our “Senior Fest” Senior Services Support Seminar Sponsors: Dominion Power, City of Norfolk, Summit Foods, Hampton Roads Transit, Norfolk Housing and Redevelopment, Keefe Commissary, AARP, Town Bank, Walmart, PrimePlus Senior Center, and QVS LLC. Stay tuned for Senior Fest 2019 next fall! 



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