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Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2011 7:45 am | Updated: 7:46 am, Thu Jan 27, 2011.

Esther Moeller always attends the Lovin’ Life After 50 Expo, but this year she enjoyed the event even more than usual.

Moeller won a two-night stay at the Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino at the expo Tuesday at Sundial Recreation Center; she was very pleased and planned to use the prize as soon as possible.

“I always look forward to this,” Moeller said. “I learn a lot.”

The expo, now in its 23rd year, gives seniors an opportunity to obtain the latest information on retirement, health care, leisure, travel, education and casinos from more than 70 vendors.

“This is kind of a refresher,” Moeller said, explaining that she uses the expo as a reminder of what services are in the community.

Activities at the expo also included door and vendor prizes, such as Moeller’s, and an hourly drawing for $100. Attendees also had the chance to meet the ladies of the Ms. Senior Arizona Cameo Club and pageant.

Musical group The Duttons, singer Joe Bourne, and magician Mike Fisher entertained the crowd throughout the day.

“I just can’t stand still with that music,” said Donna Larson, a Surprise resident. “It’s been a fun morning.”

Tom Hanson, the director of sales for VQ ActionCare and a vendor at Tuesday’s expo, showed off his company’s resistance chair, which he says is a great workout option for seniors.

“It’s perfect for people that have limited living quarters or want to fold up and store their workout equipment,” Hanson said, adding the chair is a complete in-home solution.

Don Hooper tried out the chair because he is in physical therapy for damage to his shoulders, and the chair would allow him to do similar exercises at home.

Hanson said the average age of customers is 65, since the chair allows people to be seated but still challenge themselves.

Joanne Campbell, a representative for Sunland Memorial Park, said she thought the event was more successful than years past.

“I just have the sense this went well,” Campbell said, even though she won’t know how successful it was for her company until she follows up on the leads for potential customers she collected during the event.

Sunland Memorial Park was a sponsor for the event, along with Daily News-Sun, Hospice of Arizona and Lovin’ Life After 50.

 

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