By Monica Cissell
Valuable information, free health screenings, new opportunities and useful items for seniors and caregivers await visitors at the 33rd annual Senior Expo.
Held at three sites, including the new Advanced Learning Library at 711 W. Second, the Expo takes place 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27. The other locations are Botanica, The Wichita Gardens, 701 N. Amidon, and The Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd. Admission is free to anyone age 55 and older and to caregivers of all ages.
“Senior Expo is the biggest tradeshow in the state of Kansas geared toward seniors, caregivers and their interests,” said Annette Graham, director of Central Plains Area Agency on Aging, which presents the event.
“This is a must-see event that highlights resources, interesting vendors, opportunities and products for this growing population.”
More than 120 exhibitors will distribute resources, conduct hands-on demonstrations and offer information for attendees.
A variety of free health screenings and other services will be provided in the health screening pavilion at the library on a first come, first served basis. These include computerized spinal screenings, video ear screening, dental screenings, blood pressure measurement, Medicaid information and foot health screening and information.
Vaccinations available include flu and pneumonia shots. Medicare Part B will be accepted, with a Medicare card required for processing. Cash or check will also be accepted.
Senior Expo 2018 also offers:
• Lunch at all locations for $7. The menus: Advanced Learning Library – ½ Chicken salad sandwich, chips, fruit, mini cookie, water; Botanica – Turkey sandwich, potato salad, chocolate chunk cookie, tea/water; Wichita Art Museum – Choice of bierock or veggie empanada, cookie, tea/water
• Free parking
• Free shuttle between all locations
• Complimentary admission at allsites
• Entertainment, music and DJ
• Black and White After Five fashion show, 1 p.m. at Botanica’s Lotus Room
• Information on senior programs and resources
• Sales and unique gifts
• Photo booth and a Family Feud game show booth
• Interactive booths on personal safety, recumbent trikes and diabetes education
• Mini Live and Learn Workshops – “Cooking up a Healthy Breakfast” cooking demo, Zumba Gold demo, Advanced Learning Library Tour. and more.
For parking, it’s recommended that attendees use the overflow parking lot across from Wichita Art Museum.
In order to cut down on traffic congestion, free accessible shuttles will be provided between the Senior Expo sites and the overflow parking lot.
Transportation services begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. There are only a few handicapped parking designated spaces at each venue.
Graham said CPAAA is proud to have presented Senior Expo to the community for the past 33 years.
In addition to the Expo and other special events targeting seniors and caregivers, CPAAA is available to assist seniors and caregivers through life’s transitions with various levels of support.
For information about Senior Expo, available services and resources contact 1-855-200-2372 or visit
Monica Cissell is Director of Information and Community Services for the Central Plains Area Agency on Aging.