Vintage Not Antique

The return of fall means the return of the Mature Living Festival, which connects seniors, families, caregivers and community members with dozens of businesses focused on making seniors’ lives better.

The fun, entertainment-filled event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, in The Plaza Event Center at Parkade. Approximately 75 vendors will be on-site, representing home health agencies, housing options, estate and trust attorneys, insurance agencies, banks, chiropractors, hospitals, medical groups, end-of-life options, city departments, community service agencies and senior centers. Attendees will find a variety of information at the festival.

“Attendees get younger every year, literally as family members and care givers get involved; and, figuratively as we are living longer, healthier lives. These days 50 is the new 30 and 70 is the new 50,” Rose Vomund, development assistant for Services for Independent Living, explains.

“People are retiring but going on to a second or even a third career. Many of us are following our dreams by making drastic career changes or starting our own business,” Vomund says. We want to know what our options are and be prepared before any catastrophic event impairs our ability to make our own choices.”

Screenings are an integral component of the festival. University of Missouri Health Care, the festival’s presenting sponsor, will provide five health clinics. Missouri Orthopaedic Institute will discuss adult reconstruction; Missouri Kidney Clinic will provide educational information; MIZZOU Therapy Clinic will give a rock steady balance presentation to assist with Parkinson’s detection; the Neurosciences Clinic will oversee stroke screenings; and the Optomology Clinic will offer cataract screenings. Meanwhile, D&H drug store will be providing flu shots on site.

Along with valuable information, many vendors bring free goodies to share with attendees who stop at their booths. Although the festival is largely educational, there’s a focus on fun as well. Vomund says SIL always strives to make the event entertaining as well as educational.

At 9:30 a.m. the entertainment kicks off with a fall fashion show from Christopher & Banks. The Country Steppers, the Columbia Senior Activity Center line dance troupe follows at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy keyboard and vocals by Patty Crane at 11 a.m., followed by vocals by the Silver Senior Singers.  At noon, a new “acroyoga” demonstration from Yoga Sol is a new event this year. The grand finale of the day will be the internationally famous St. Louis Strutters. Comprised of women between the ages of 55 and 80, the glamorous dance group performs fast-tapping precision routines reminiscent of the early 1900s.

To add to the fun, Americare USA, a platinum sponsor, will be giving away four quilts at giveaways.

The Mature Living Festival formerly was presented by the Boone County Council on Aging, which merged with Services for Independent Living last year.  SIL works to maximize independence through its core services: advocacy, independent living skills, information and referral, peer support and transition.

The Details:

Mature Living Festival
Presented by Services for Independent Living
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  •  Friday, Oct. 14
601 Business Loop 70 W.