Senior Expo

Rochelle Swisher shows Barbara Pulley some finger exercises with balls to strengthen her fingers at the Kokomo Tribune Senior Expo on June 14, 2018. More than 500 people turned out for the show, which had more than 50 vendors on hand. Tim Bath | Kokomo Tribune

The Kokomo Tribune’s annual Senior Expo will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Kokomo Event and Conference Center.

The expo is free to the public and will have 50 vendors from health-care facilities to government agencies to boutiques. There also will be hourly prizes and giveaways, including a motorized scooter from Moore’s Home Health and Medical Supplies and free health screenings.

From 10 a.m. to noon, the Indiana Council Against Senior Exploitation Coalition [IN-CASE], the Kokomo Police Department and Community Howard Regional Health Hospital will present on issues seniors face. Topics include investment fraud, scams, identity theft, joint replacement and creating neighborhood watch programs.

IN-CASE, a collaboration of government agencies, nonprofits, police, medical professionals and legal services, was created in November 2018 and is just beginning to visit communities all over the state. Chairwoman Kelly Griese, who specializes in investment fraud, said the purpose of the group is to both educate seniors to prevent exploitation and empower seniors to report incidents.

“By educating seniors, we don’t want them to feel like victims in waiting,” Griese said. “The fact is that anyone can fall victim to these scams. We don’t want seniors to feel like they’ve made a mistake and feel shame for that.”

She said IN-CASE aims to give seniors the confidence to report crimes such as abuse, investment fraud and consumer fraud. Often, she said, seniors are too embarrassed to do so.

Community Howard Regional Health will offer bingo at 9:30, 10 and 10:30 a.m., and Windmill Grill will cater a $5 chicken and noodle or meatloaf lunch.

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