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Veterans will be honored with a special opening ceremony during the 'Mega Senior Expo,' on Nov. 14 at the Melbourne Auditorium.

BREVARD COUNTY — The “Mega Senior Expo” is almost here and residents will not want to miss the opportunity to speak with professionals, win door prizes and find out the most up-to-date information affecting senior living.

Returning from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., the Mega Senior Expo is a free event that offers seniors the chance to get out of the house for a fun and resourceful day.

The expo will kick off with a special ceremony at 10 a.m. in honor of veterans and will include a posting of the colors.

“I cannot stress enough to say the people who can’t come to any other expo should come to this one,” said Nina Verruso, events coordinator for Brevard Senior Expos. “We have everything from health to legal matters, and law enforcement to leisure. It covers everything that seniors need.”

Seniors who bring a non-perishable canned good will receive four door prize tickets instead of one. Food donations will benefit The Children’s Hunger Project, a nonprofit organization that aims to feed elementary school students by providing a backpack full of nutritious food, when students would otherwise go home to no food on weekends.

Food items can include craisins, applesauce, chocolate milk (8-oz shelf stable), Nutri Grain Breakfast Bar, and Chef Boyardee pull-top beefaroni and beef ravioli.

One of the recurring features of the senior expo are health care screenings from blood pressure and blood sugar levels to memory and hearing tests.

Ms. Verruso encourages seniors to take advantage of all the free and available resources offered to seniors, as the Mega Senior Expo is a one-stop shop for all senior needs.

Ms. Verruso recommends that seniors planning to attend should write their important questions down to ensure they don’t leave the event without the information they need.

“We know that seniors prefer to talk to people face to face,” Ms. Verruso said. “We want seniors to stop at every table because there are things covered by their insurance that they don’t know are available to them. There are a lot of health procedures for wellness that is now being covered, and they don’t realize it until they’re sick and it’s too late.”

One example, she mentioned, was varicose veins. Once considered a cosmetic surgery, health care professionals are linking the fact that too many varicose veins are related to heart problems.

It is also a period of open enrollment for Medicare, and seniors will be able to speak with representatives to find out what best suits their needs. Ms. Verruso added that seniors don’t realize there are zero-copay and zero-out of pocket programs available to seniors through their health insurance.

In addition to health care vendors, military organizations such as the Veteran’s Affair will be able to speak with veterans and their family.

Seniors who need assistance with driver’s license renewals can visit the Florida Licensing On Wheels table.

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office will send its Crime Prevention Unit to inform seniors about the latest scams, how to feel safe in their own home and what is going on within their community.

On a more social level, seniors looking to get more active can meet with a variety of social clubs.

In addition to the multitude of vendors, the expo will provide free refreshments and entertainment throughout the day.

“We want them to come and find out about everything that is available to them because they earned it,” Ms. Verruso said. “Come take advantage of the care you deserve.”

For more information, call (321) 773-1454.

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