Times News Group hosting Tazewell Senior Expo Oct. 26 in Pekin

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A vendor at the Times News Group's Senior Expo in spring meets an attendee.

PEKIN — Area seniors are invited to attend the Tazewell County Senior Expo hosted by Times News Group. 

The event will be on Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. until noon at the Miller Senior Citizens Center located at 551 S. 14th St. Admission is free.

Mike Mehl, sales manager at Pekin Daily Times and event organizer, said the event is a chance for seniors to browse different vendors and ask questions. 

“It’s a good time for seniors to socialize and talk with local vendors,” he said.

There will be information from each vendor, gifts to take, refreshments and entertainment from an Elvis impersonator. 

Most vendors will be senior living options. Other vendors will include UnityPoint Health, Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory, Morton Estates, ICPR Family Practice, Meridian Health Plan, United HealthCare, Sue’s Sew Biz and Morningside of Pekin.

Charles Hanley, funeral director at Preston-Hanley, said, “It’s nice to see the public out of the funeral home. It is nice to meet them under different circumstances.” 

Preston-Hanley will have free giveaways and gift cards. Hanley added that there will be information for seniors regarding pre-arrangements for funerals and that people are welcome to ask questions.

ICPR Family Practice will be bringing information about their family practice. Their business offers services from birth through seniors. 

“Within our office we have our own lab, X-ray, 

physical therapy, wellness checks, immunizations, diabetes specialist, respiratory therapist, and Knap (Knee Arthritis Program) which is an alternative to knee replacements. This program can also be used in the shoulder too,” said Melanie Hosbrough, ICPR marketing director. 

“What we look forward to most about being part of the Senior Expo is reaching out to the community and having the ability to see our patients and community members in a light and fun atmosphere outside of when they do not feel well. This allows us to be connected with our patients and interact with them and others throughout our community and surrounding areas,” Hosbrough said. 

The Senior Expo is offered twice a year — once in the spring and once in the fall. Mehl said this is the fifth year for the event.