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‘Resource Faire' aimed to inform seniors

Hesperia Recreation and Park District hosts annual event

The Percy Bakker Center transformed on Saturday into a central location of information for seniors, current and future caregivers, and soon to be seniors at the second annual Senior Resource Faire sponsored by High Desert Primary Care Medical Group and hosted by the Hesperia Parks and Recreation District.

“It’s nice to have something like this — it keeps seniors up to date on a lot of stuff they don’t really think about,” said Bert Toller, who takes care of veterans. She said information such as having fresh batteries in smoke detectors and keeping doors and windows locked at night is helpful.

“I’m looking for new information because things change even in four to six months,” Penny Jenkins said on Saturday. She also attended the event last year.

In 2012, Recreation Supervisor Don Webb saw the need for seniors to have one place for resources when his parents had a difficult time getting information — making three or four phone calls for the answer to one question, Webb said.

“We accomplished our mission to get information available to the seniors of Hesperia,” said Webb.

At the senior fraud table, Sue Rose, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Hesperia station, gave seniors information on “how not to be a victim in your own home” and what scams to look out for, she said.

Mary Kist said she felt the fraud table was most helpful because as a weekly volunteer at the Percy Bakker Center she always hears stories of too trusting seniors being taken advantage of.

“I think that seniors who take an active role in their lifestyle help themselves live a happier longer life,” said Katie Manning of Apple Valley.

Manning said she attended the event to get her blood sugar tested and was impressed by the positivity from each vendor.

“I see resources that would apply to me so it’s good to get them in my line of vision and think about them,” said Bruce Burke, who came to the event with his mother and realized he’ll be a senior soon himself.

Burke said he was especially interested in the information about the signs of a stroke offered by the nursing students from California State University San Bernardino.

The students informed attendees about diabetes, stroke awareness, blood pressure and emergency preparedness, and offered blood pressure screenings, according to Brandi Jack from the CSUSB Palm Desert campus.

“High Desert seniors need to know there’s a huge amount of resources available,” said CSUSB student Melissa Repp.

Repp advises seniors to call the senior information and assistance program hotline at (800) 510-2020 or (760) 843-5181 for help with their needs. For other services offered by the Department of Aging and Adult Services, visit hss.sbcounty.gov/daas.


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