SHIRLEY -- The Shirley COA, thanks to some generous grants, is planning to run a large and exciting Senior Lifelong Learning event, also known as a medical fair on Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The goal is to provide a range of information and services to seniors in the Ayer-Shirley area regarding a full array of medical services, providers and programs that will make them better informed seniors and medical patients.

We are coinciding it with the "Medicare Open Enrollment" period and developing the programs to allow local seniors more access to Medicare information, plans and a broad array of other medical/health services in the area.

As part of the overall event, we would hold a "trade show" and informational sessions to draw a crowd. We expect to have the local LIONS bring their famous "Eye-mobile" and for the LifeLine Screening group to do health screening. In addition, attendees would be able to go to the various vendor booths and break-out sessions to gather information and ask questions.

As part of the program we would offer informational talks for smaller groups in classrooms. The breakout session topics could include Medicare data, long-term care insurance, Diabetes management, support services available and elder care options such as in-home care, adult day care and assisted living. We also anticipate providing a small continental breakfast and some form of transportation to the event for seniors who can not drive.


As a result, we need volunteers to help put the program together and then to manage it in Nov. 2. There are many areas where you can lend a hand by providing expertise, hours, contacts and sweat equity to make the event a huge success.

If you are interested in getting involved, please call the Shirley Senior Center and let us know.