For 10 years, The Pride Center’s Active Aging Health Expo has grown from less than 100 attendees and a handful of vendors to nearly 700 attendees and 65 vendors. The event connects older LGBT community members with healthcare resources.
This year is the 10th Annual Active Aging Health Expo, taking place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 19 at The Pride Center, 2040 N. Dixie Hwy, in Wilton Manors. Admission and parking for the event are free.
“What started out as a project years ago to find out if there were any LGBTQ-friendly and culturally competent providers for older adults in our area has mushroomed into a gathering that boasts over 65 businesses, draws an annual crowd of nearly 700 LGBTQ adults and serves as a fun-filled opportunity to get to know our many community resources,” said Bruce Williams, Senior Services Coordinator.
Ten years ago, when the event started, the event consisted of a handful of exhibitors and less than 100 attendees.
“Well the seed grew; for the last six years, we have sold out exhibitor spaces by the early spring,” Williams said. “Each year has gotten bigger and better as far as great fun, food and prizes. And each year we have been able to include a greater number of businesses, groups and individuals who are adept identifying issues and at addressing the needs of our LGBTQ Active Agers.”
The exhibits range from health, finance, insurance, travel, entertainment, retirement and helpful community organizations. The expo will also offer several medical services including flu shots, blood pressure screening and testing for hearing, cholesterol, glucose, HIV and more.
“An area favorite, Stork’s Bakery provides free coffee and goodies; Broward Health Imperial Point provides lunch for the first 400 arrivals. Every visitor has a free chance to win a giant flat-screen television, a gift package from The Hard Rock Casino and lots of other fabulous door prizes,” Williams said. “Most importantly, you have the opportunity to communicate directly with a plethora of incredible community resources in a one-stop, fun-filled day.”
For more information about the event and other updates, please visit the Active Aging Health Expo 2019 event page on Facebook. To learn about the Pride Center visitfor more info.