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Health Screenings, Giveaways and More at Cabarrus County Senior Health and Wellness Expo

Mar 11, 2016 07:11PM ● By Brian O

Photo of Plowman dancing at an event at Cabarrus County Senior Center, Concord

Cabarrus County sponsors a free Senior Health and Wellness Expo, taking place Wednesday, March 16, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center (4751 Hwy 49, Concord).

Visitors can browse booths, participate in health screenings, and walk away with giveaways and prizes. What sometimes has the most value isn’t tangible at all. At the very front of the Expo is a demonstration area where participants can watch and participate in class demonstrations with people their own age, and probably older, stepping back the hands of time through dance and exercise. The message is clear—there is no age limit for fun. 

One of this year’s demonstrators is 74 year-old Malli Plowman of Harrisburg (featured in main image). She pranced through life teaching dance. Like many other individuals, life got in the way of her hobby. After 30 years of kicks and twists, Plowman put away her dancing shoes.

Through dance classes at the Cabarrus County Senior Center, Plowman returned to the dance floor 10 years ago. She renewed her enthusiasm for dance and earned a few precious metals for her talents through the Senior Games competition.

“When I turned 40, I just thought, I’m too old. I should stop dancing,” Plowman said. “For some reason, I went to the class and I’ve fallen back in love with dancing and I’m even back to teaching.”

Dancing also keeps Plowman and many other seniors in Cabarrus County active and healthy. They perform at events year round. Plowman has attended the Expo and regularly performed demonstrations over the last eight years. 

“I always look forward to returning to the Expo as a demonstrator and a visitor,” says Plowman. “The visitors expect me to show up and that helps motivate me to stay in shape.”

Beyond the demonstration floor, Plowman comes to the Expo for its other benefits, too.

“It’s a place where like-minded seniors can get health screenings, while meeting new people and seeing friends.”

Attendees can take part in life-saving wellness screenings, including blood pressure, hearing, vision, A1C, spinal and biometric, from Carolinas HealthCare System and other local providers.

Participants can also take part in educational sessions on topics, like diabetes prevention, play educational games, view healthy cooking demonstrations and tastings, learn CPR from Cabarrus County EMS and participate in a new fad—adult coloring (yes, coloring with crayons).

Bring your unused or expired prescriptions and safely dispose them with the help of the Concord Fire Department.

There are also resources on assistance programs for seniors. Connect with representatives from Cabarrus County and other local organizations and agencies who are onsite to discuss a wide-range of programs. Learn more about social events, chronic disease prevention, Medicare enrollment, financial assistance programs and more.

For more information on Senior Health and Wellness Expo, call the Cabarrus County Senior Centers at 704-920-3484 or visit the event Facebook page, Large groups may attend.

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