FREE COMMUNITY EVENT NOV. 1 EXPLORES NEW TRENDS AFFECTING PEOPLE OVER AGE 50

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FREE COMMUNITY EVENT NOV. 1 EXPLORES NEW TRENDS AFFECTING PEOPLE OVER AGE 50

Experts Address Wellness, Health, Aging, Retirement, and Financial Freedom

 (Rockville, MD– Sept. 1,  2009)—Lifestyles are shifting for people over age 50, as more of them return to work, devote significant time to caring for their grandchildren and consider new options in health, housing and leisure. Participants can explore these trends with local experts at a free event, W.H.A.R. F. F. Expo 2009, Sunday, Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Temple Beth Ami, 14330 Travilah Road, Rockville. Montgomery County residents of all religious and ethnic backgrounds are welcome.  The expo is co-sponsored by Temple Beth Ami, Premier Homecare, the Montgomery County Recreation Department,  the Rockville Senior Center, JSSA (Jewish Social Service Agency), and the Jewish Council for the Aging.
 
W.H.A.R.F.F. stands for wellness, health, aging, retirement and financial freedom, the major themes of the expo, which will offer a series of panel discussions by local experts. Speakers will include:
•         Author and journalist Abigail Trafford, who has written about changing trends in life after age 50, discussing creating a fulfilling retirement and a positive attitude about exploring life at this stage
•         William Roberge, an attorney experienced in estate planning and elder law issues, addressing retiring in a new economy
•         Internist Marcia Goldmark on the subject of blending traditional and alternative medicine approaches
•         Financial planner Lois Fishman presenting financial considerations in retirement
•         Natalie Merkur-Rose, a social worker at JSSA (Jewish Social Service Agency) speaking about contemporary grandparenting
 
At the expo, participants may also sample an array of services to improve their health and well-being.  In 15-minute sessions, visitors may try out the scents of aromatherapy and the touch of massage and energy therapists. A podiatrist, a dermatologist, a certified dietician and an oral cancer specialist will also offer 15-minute consultations. Advance registration for these services and others is available on the Internet at www.BethAmi.org/WHARFF.  Walk-in registration for these appointments will be available only in the event of cancellations or no-shows.
 
Local senior painters, sculptors and photographers will show their work during the expo, which will feature the performing arts as well. The Heart of Maryland Chorus with its many senior singers will entertain, and a number of musicians over age 50 will perform with the Montgomery Philharmonic.
 
Other activities will include cooking demonstrations, a book fair by Barnes and Noble with an author signing, two exhibit halls featuring over fifty vendors, and a blood drive. A silent auction will offer items such as music lessons, a traditional tea for 12, and signed memorabilia from the Washington Capitals.  In addition, participants who enter a raffle may win a cruise for two, a weekend getaway at a Maryland bed and breakfast, a day of spa services and more.
 
For more information, visit www.BethAmi.org/WHARFF.
 
 

 

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