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Provided by Prince William Chamber of Commerce

… Your local Chamber of Commerce has an event to help you do just that! On Tuesday, May 16 the Prince William Chamber of Commerce and the Prince William Area Agency on Aging will host their 4th annual Transitions Expo from 2:00 to 7:00 p. m. at the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center (9100 Freedom Center Boulevard, Manassas). Transitions features seminars on Medicare and Social Security, snacks and over 50 exhibitors highlighting resources to help seniors — and those who plan to become seniors one day– to live their best life. Everything at Transitions is free, including admission and parking.

Transitions is designed to empower caregivers—current and potential– and seniors with resources available in the Prince William area; from healthcare and transportation assistance to opportunities to volunteer or learn new skills. The expo also features myriad senior living options for those looking to plan ahead and explore which venues would offer the best fit for their ideal future. A complete list of seminars, exhibits and free screenings is available online at pwchamber.org/transitions.

The seminar on Medicare will run from 3:00-4:00 p. m. and is taught by Kristen Helfer Koester, Medicare Counselor at the Prince William Area Agency on Aging. Her talk is set to focus on helping attendees develop a greater understanding of how Medicare works, ways to save money on your coverage and how to avoid common scams.

 According to Chamber Communications Director Andrea Short, Transitions offers people in the community the opportunity to imagine how they would like to live out their retirement and plan for it. While some might focus on staying fit and active, others may be more concerned with where they will live or how they might give back in the community. The Prince William Area Agency on Aging (PWAAA), the Chamber’s partner on the event, offers myriad resources for area seniors, many of which are free. “The key,” says Short, “is to learn about available resources before you need them. Because of the things I’ve learned at past Transitions events, I’ve been able to help my mother as year by year she takes on more responsibility concerning the care of my grandmother.” She went on to note that even if one’s parents or grandparents don’t live in the area, the PWAAA can be of assistance because of their connections nationwide. Anyone who is able to make it to even a portion of the event will find resources and connections that are well worth the time spent.

Sponsors for Transitions include Apple Federal Credit Union—there will be drawing for a $100 gift card at their booth; the Prince William Times/Gainesville Times (they will produce a special section on Transitions for their May 10 paper); First Light Home Care, Potomac Place Assisted Living and Arbor Terrace Sudley Manor

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