The first Collierville Senior EXPO and Health Fair is nearly here after having to postpone last year due to COVID. This year it will be held Thursday, Nov. 18 at the Collierville United Methodist Church from 9 a.m. until 12.30 p.m.

Since this is an indoor event at 454 W. Poplar Ave. in Collierville, it will be dry and warm inside.

We have an impressive list of sponsors who have helped make this event happen. Companies such as Hearthside Senior Living of Collierville and Bartlett, Genesis Auto Dealership of Olive Branch, Humana, OrthoSouth, Functional Independence Home Care and Amerigroup, an Anthem Company.

As of today, there are 38 vendors who will be available to share information regarding home healthcare, medical procedures, home repair, hearing aids, VA benefits, elder law, Insurance and more.

Many items will be given away by the companies and many will offer door prizes.

Some special additions this year will be three separate breakout sessions.

One will be by Stan Joyner, the mayor of Collierville. He will give a state of the city presentation followed by a question-and- answer session. Joyner has always been open and excited to meet with the citizens of his city.

Another session will be conducted by the Better Business Bureau, who will make a presentation regarding “SCAMS,” directed toward senior citizens as well as others. They will show you how to recognize the scams and, more important, what to do when you are confronted by one.

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The third session is particularly exciting. It will feature five authors from the Memphis area who have written award-winning books. You will have the chance to meet the authors, find out how and why they chose to write their books and to be available for you to purchase a signed copy. We are happy to include this extra attraction to the expo because we have read and given book reviews on each book in The Best Times.

As an example, David Wayne Brown, author of “At Road’s End,” will speak about the story of Barbara Ann Lee. Many of you will remember the horrific events that took place in Collierville in 1999, where Barbara was carjacked at a local drive-in restaurant by three juveniles who tortured and then murdered her. The book covers the aftermath for the assailants and the victim’s husband.

We have always felt that organizing a senior expo was important to the readers of The Best Times. It offers the public a chance to obtain much needed information in a short period of time. This year there is an additional, and perhaps a more important reason, and that is to allow our readers to have a safe and healthy opportunity to socialize with others since we have not been venturing out as much as in the past.

The future is too important to be left to chance. Plan to attend and learn many new things designed to help make your future even brighter.

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