Boback’s Expo Addresses Needs of Seniors

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Senior Expo guests learn about the myriad of frauds that target seniors in a session conducted by Terry Greene (top) from the Office of the Attorney General. Above, Tunkhannock Township Police Cpl. John Zdaniewicz Left) and officer Dustin Cokely have a chat with Rep. Karen Boback and constituent outreach specialist Leslie Cadden (right)

Photos and story by Rick Hiduk

State Representative Karen Boback hosted her 13 th annual Senior Expo on Friday. Held at Tunkhannock High School, it is estimated that the event drew between 400 and 500 people, who were provided valuable information and contacts from more than 50 vendors. Three informational sessions held in the school’s library broached topics such as available grants and other resources to lower medicine costs, the most practical plans for aging at home, and what seniors should know about current scams.

We field the questions that come into our district offices to help us determine what vendors and speakers will best address the needs of our seniors,” said Boback, who noted that invitations are sent to all constituents 50 and older. The younger guests might not yet consider themselves seniors, she conceded, “But we’re a generation of planners. We like to plan ahead.”

Boback described the event as a “necessity” for her district in which interest has grown consistently. “We have vendors asking us if they can participate,” she remarked.

Interested readers can follow Rep. Boback on Facebook or call 570-836-4777 with questions or concerns.

Scranton AARP Chapter representatives David Phanef Sr. (left) and Carmela Iannetta invited guests to sign a petition to address the skyrocketing cost of prescription medication.

Family Services Association associates (from left) Jeannette Hontz, Grace Tavaris, and Mary Cozzi-Kennedy shared information on the Guardianship Program, which provides representation for anyone of 18 who is not in a position to advocate for themselves.

Pivot Physical Therapy employees Leo Sperrazza (far left) and Kayla Stephenson explain the services offered at their Tunkhannock facility to Joe McGrady of Centermoreland and Marlene Fuhr of Russell Hill.

Giesinger Gold reps Theresa Hillard (left) and Cheri Murray address guests’ questions about Medicare.

Brenda Nice (right) and Josie Corbacio represented Highmark Inc.

Rep. Boback’s district outreach specialist Julie Williams greets Expo guests inside Tunkhannock High School.

Soliciting volunteers for numerous purposes under AmeriCorps Senior Corps RSVP program are (from left) Carle Welter, Don Recicar, and Marsha Lyman.

Stone House representatives (from left) Barbara Grimaud, Leanne Kulah, and Stephanie Holtd addressed the tangled issues of Medicare insurance premiums after conducting a presentation in the library. They also gave out vouchers for a free dish of Mannings Ice Cream!

Explaining the differences between types and sexes of ticks is Lois Elick of the PA Department of Health.

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