BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The third annual WLOX Senior Fair was a huge success Wednesday. Dozens of companies and agencies provided local senior citizens with a wealth of information from vital health facts to retirement planning and home care.
Harrah's Gulf Coast Marketing Specialist Shay Smith said they wanted to get involved in the senior fair this year to connect with the senior citizen community.
"People really need to take notice that there's a huge audience and market here for them and to really get involved," Smith said.
Maxine Crowell is one of those people who came to get involved, and says she appreciates the face-to-face interaction with local health professionals.
"Don't we all prefer to talk to someone in person? I hate getting a community. I would rather speak to someone, and when you see someone in person, it's more personable," Crowell said.
Fred and Marilyn Ashmus have lived in Biloxi for a year now, and this is their first senior fair to attend.
"They have a lot of organizations out here to help you that a lot of people don't know about. If you don't go to something like this here, you would never know," Fred said.
"People want to come out and they want to socialize with people in their community, and it's just a great opportunity for businesses to come and share what they do with the seniors on the Gulf Coast," Mississippi Sales Director Stacey Carter said.
Carter says this senior fair is to not only give out health information to senior citizens, but to get them active in their community.
"When you hear about an event in your community, make it a priority to get out. You'll meet new people. You'll socialize, and you'll see what really is all out there for you to do in your community," Carter said. "It's very important."