Beacon 50+ Expo

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Date(s) - January 10, 2013
12:00 PM - 12:00 PM

Silver Spring Civic Center

Contact Info:
301-949-9766 [email protected]


The Beacon 50+Expos — free annual events featuring expert speakers, health screenings, resources, information and entertainment for older adults and their families — will take place at two locations this fall: on Sunday, October 6, from noon to 4 p.m., on the third level of Ballston Mall in Arlington, Va., and on Sunday, October 13, from noon to 4 p.m. at a new location: the Silver Spring Civic Center in downtown Silver Spring, Md.

Keynoting at the Ballston Mall location will be national award-winning columnist Bob Levey. Levey writes a monthly humor column for the Beacon newspaper and was a Washington Post columnist for over 20 years. His topic: “My, How the World Has Changed, or Is It Just Me?”

At the Silver Spring Civic Center, the keynote address will be given by Dr. Luigi Ferrucci, scientific director of the National Institute on Aging at NIH, and chief investigator for the nation’s largest studies on aging. Ferrucci will speak about his research and tell us “What we’re learning about how to live longer and better.”

Blood pressure and glaucoma screenings, as well as hearing tests, will be provided at both locations at no charge. Flu shots will also be available (free with a Medicare card).

More than 100 exhibitors — including government agencies, nonprofits and local businesses — will offer information and answer questions about retirement communities, home remodeling, financial planning, healthcare, travel, fitness, senior services, government resources and more. Giveaways and door prizes will be plentiful. The Silver Spring expo will also feature an arts and crafts fair in the outdoor courtyard.

The Traveling Heart Show Band will entertain at both venues, with featured soloists Debbi Miller, Ms. Senior Virginia 2013, in Virginia and Andrea Hancock (a.k.a. Seniorita Sunshine) in Silver Spring.

The 50+Expos are presented every fall as a community service by The Beacon Newspapers. Sponsors include CVS pharmacy, AARP, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Holy Cross Hospital and Sonus Hearing. For more information, or to volunteer for the events, visit or call 301-949-9766. Businesses interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the events may call Alan at the same number