Senior Expo- Keep these 'dates' in mind
Arnold Eppel, director of the Baltimore County Department of Aging, reminds anyone who may have forgotten: Seniors get lonely, too. And often, like their younger, single counterparts, they discover that meeting that someone special can be difficult. Enter 8 Minute Dating, the newest addition to the annual Senior Expo/Baby Boomer Expo, held this year Oct. 11-12 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.
“We concentrated last year on issues (for seniors) like safe dating and how AIDS can happen to anyone,” Arnold said.
“Well, the flip side is that when older people lose a spouse or loved one or get divorced it’s not as easy to meet someone new,” he said. “With 8 Minute Dating, we’re saying it’s never too late.”
8 Minute Dating is a form of speed dating – meeting many potential dates in a short period of time in a safe setting. All registrants must undergo some screening and sign confidentiality agreements in accordance with 8 Minute Dating’s procedures.
“We are urging men to participate,” Eppel said of the expo’s 8 Minute Dating matchups, which run from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 11 in the 4-H Building. “There is always a shortage of men at these kinds of events.
“You can meet as many as 10 to 12 people in a half-hour, and if you don’t like them, you don’t have to date them,” Eppel said of the established 8 Minute Dating system.
For those seniors and baby boomers who do meet someone who makes the sparks fly, along with those who don’t, there is a happy hour event with Motown and Beatles music that’s free to everyone who pays the $5 fee for the 8 Minute Dating registration.