Aging Well In Amherstburg

Matthew Johnston, the owner of Amherstburg’s Artisan Grill, provided cooking demonstrations as part of the activities at Active and Aging Well Expo in Amherstburg on 11 and 12 June 2018.Photo by Austin Tyrrell.

Matthew Johnston, the owner of Amherstburg’s Artisan Grill, provided cooking demonstrations as part of the activities at Active and Aging Well Expo in Amherstburg on 11 and 12 June 2018.
Photo by Austin Tyrrell.

(AMHERSTBURG, ON) – A variety of exhibitors and interactive demonstrations left a big impression on attendees of the first ever Active and Aging Well Expo, in Amherstburg. The event, which took place at the Libro Credit Union Centre on Monday and Tuesday, had attendees, like Carol Hrycay, glad they took the time to see what all the fuss was about.

“It was the best five bucks I ever spent,” Hrycay said of the event. “I was very surprised to see so many vendors with such diversity, yet still all focused on seniors. It really hit home just how much is available to people like me.”

Many vendors were available to answer questions during the Active and Aging Well Expo in Amherstburg on 11 and 12 June 2018.Photo by Austin Tyrrell.

Many vendors were available to answer questions during the Active and Aging Well Expo in Amherstburg on 11 and 12 June 2018.
Photo by Austin Tyrrell.

In addition to the cooking classes provided by Matthew Johnston, the owner of Amherstburg’s Artisan Grill, and Beau Velduis, the executive chef at Seasons Retirement Communities in Amherstburg, attendees were given the chance to try activities like Taoist tai chi, pickle ball, and pole walking.

According to Kathy DiBartolomeo, the executive director at Amherstburg Community Services, the chance to try something new was what left a real impression on the event-goers.

“We look at this event as a chance to really change the discussion around aging,” DiBartolomeo said. “Age isn’t just a number, it’s an opportunity to experience new things. And, this event helped people do just that.”

Visitors to the Active and Aging Well Expo in Amherstburg had many hands-on opportunities including Taoist Tai Chi.Photo by Austin Tyrrell.Photo by Austin Tyrrell.

Visitors to the Active and Aging Well Expo in Amherstburg had many hands-on opportunities including Taoist Tai Chi.
Photo by Austin Tyrrell.
Photo by Austin Tyrrell.

The Active and Aging Well Expo was hosted by Amherstburg Community Services and the Town of Amherstburg. It brought vendors from across Windsor and Essex County together to allow older adults, seniors, and caregivers a chance to discover services, activities, and programs specifically for them, all in one place.

Admission was $5 and included a lunch and access to all vendors and demonstrations.

Visitors to the Active and Aging Well Expo in Amherstburg had many hands-on opportunities available to try.Photo by Austin Tyrrell.

Visitors to the Active and Aging Well Expo in Amherstburg had many hands-on opportunities available to try.
Photo by Austin Tyrrell.

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