The 21st annual Plus 50 Living Fair, sponsored by radio station KROS and Mercy Medical Center, will be from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Wild Rose Casino and Resort in Clinton.

In past years, more than 500 seniors have attended the event. This year 30 vendors and a half dozen non-profits will have tables set up to showcase their products and explain the services offered to senior citizens. In addition, to these Mercy Medical Center will offer a number of health screenings, some of which require fasting. Every vendor will have a drawing for a door prize. At the Seniors vs. Crime table, we will give away a 32-inch grabber for grasping things just out of your reach. We will also have File of Life and Yellow Dot packets and refill inserts available. We will also have information and brochures about scams and fraud targeting senior citizens.

If you do not have a File of Life packet, I would encourage every senior or anyone taking multiple medications to pick up one. The packet adheres to the front of your refrigerator, with a magnetic strip, and its insert contains medical information to aid emergency responders summoned to your home during a health crisis. Ambulance personnel will take the File of Life along to the emergency room with the patient. The Yellow Dot program is the same emergency information insert that you place in your vehicle’s glove box in case of a serious accident.  

If you have any old cell phones that you would like to donate to our senior 911-cell phone program, you may drop them off at our table on Tuesday. Requests for a 911 phone may be made that day with pick up to be arranged at a later date. We will also have information about the upcoming prescription medication collection event and procedures to dispose of unwanted drugs.

For more information, call 242-9211, ext. 4433.

Alan Green is the director of Seniors vs. Crime, which operates in conjunction with the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office.