On Thursday, May 15 the Westmoreland County Department of Social Services held its first annual Senior Resource Fair. The fair was held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the AT Johnson Museum Building. There were 20+ vendors from area agencies there ready and available to answer questions about their services and provide information. Vendors included, Westmoreland Social Services Fuel, Program and Needy Meds Program, American Retirement Homes, Inc., Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck Community Services Board, Geriatric Specialist, Riverside Home Health, Westmoreland Rehabilitation and Healthcare, Attorney George Townsend, Rappahannock Legal Services-Legal Aid, Westmoreland Sheriff’s Office-Project Lifesaver, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Westmoreland Triad, Westmoreland Medical Center, The Orchard, Alzheimer’s Association, BayAging, Victim Witness Advocate, Westmoreland Lion’s Club, Brain Injury Association of Virginia, Mid-Atlantic Home Health, Commonwealth Assisted Living at Farnham, Union First Market Bank and Social Security Administration.
The vendors had giveaways at their tables for the people that attended and free blood pressure checks were available from TRIAD. They had a raffle drawing every half hour with prizes from businesses in the community including Food Lion, Plan B BBQ, Yesterday’s Restaurant, Garner’s Produce, Angelo’s Restaurant, Carrot Cottage, Dairy Freeze, All N One Country Store, Main Street Antiques and Collectibles, Mane Event, and an Avon Gift Basket from an Avon Rep, Annette Cannady. They also had a snack and water table. Social Services gave out information on the warning signs of abuse and neglect with the abuse hotline number (888-832-3858) as well as purple ribbons for people to wear. This was a free event in recognition of Adult Abuse Prevention Month. The event was organized by the Eldercare Committee from Westmoreland Social Services. This event will be held again next year in May.