EUGENE, Ore. (KMTR) -- It's a push from one Lane County collective, hoping to prepare seniors and boomers to enjoy the golden years, instead of worrying about planning their health and overall care too late in their lives.
About 200 seniors took part in the “Boomer and Senior Health Fair” at the Campbell Center in Eugene this weekend.
The Senior Professional Information Network, also known as SPIN, is behind the fair, which is in its fourth year.
SPIN is made up of a collective of health care and senior support services groups, dedicated to connecting seniors to services they need.
This year, the group expanded the title of its health fair to include boomers, hoping to encourage people 50 years and over to start thinking about and planning for long-term care later on in their life.
Barbara Passarelli is one of the key organizers behind SPIN. Passarelli says the most important thing any adult can do is consider what will happen to them in the future when they age, and how to prepare their family for it.
Passarelli says adults need to start thinking about what happens down the road before serious health conditions set in, which can affect judgement, memory, mood and livelihood.
“That's exactly the word I shared with my family, for me to get ready... Is that I felt so much "relief" now I just go live my life, they know the plan.. And we can go have fun,” says Passarelli.
The Senior Network of Lane County has a website linking seniors and family members with information and resources regarding access to elder care, activities and more. To visit that website, click the following link: http://lanecountyseniornetwork.com/.