YVEDDI hosts informational fair for seniors


By Wendy Byerly Wood - wbyerly-wood@elkintribune.com



Directors of Yadkin County senior centers welcome seniors to an information fair at the Boonville headquarters of the Yadkin Valley Economic Development District Inc. Friday.


Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Lisa Money, senior services director for Yadkin Valley Economic Development District, speaks to seniors attending a special information fair at the YVEDDI headquarters in Boonville Friday.


Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Residents from Yadkin County attend an information fair held at the Boonville headquarters for the Yadkin Valley Economic Development District Inc. Friday.


Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Residents from Yadkin County attend an information fair held at the Boonville headquarters for the Yadkin Valley Economic Development District Inc. Friday.


Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Jeff Cockerham, who handles transportation for Yadkin Valley Economic Development District Inc., speaks to seniors attending an information fair at the Boonville headquarters of YVEDDI Friday.


Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Bradley Key, director of the Yadkin Valley Senior Games, talks to Yadkin residents about the sports and arts programs available to seniors who want to participate in the Surry and Yadkin games.


Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Joe King, a certified senior advisor on Medicare benefits, explains how he can assist seniors as they prepare to sign up for their Medicare benefits.


Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Missy Whitaker with Yadkin Valley Economic Development District Inc.’s retired senior volunteer program (RSVP) explains the program to Yadkin seniors during an information fair Friday.


Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

BOONVILLE — Many times when someone is facing an obstacle with a life event, or looking for a way to spend their time in their later years, knowing where to turn for help can be an obstacle in itself. Various representatives of senior programs gathered Friday as part of an information fair for Yadkin County seniors, hosted by Yadkin Valley Economic Development District Inc.

YVEDDI, as the host organization is more commonly referred, actually provides many of those services or knows the resources to help seniors with their questions and issues.

Speakers helped provide seniors attending Friday’s event, some who were transported from YVEDDI’s senior centers in Yadkin County, with short synopses of what program they represent and that program’s offerings. Those included senior services, retired senior volunteer program, weatherization, Yadkin Valley Senior Games, Piedmont Triad Regional Council of Governments, Medicare benefits, transportation, Department of Social Services and Parkwood Place.

After the short program of speakers, the seniors were able to walk around and visit the informational tables for the programs, asking more specific and individual questions if needed.

In addition to the informational booths, health screenings also were available. Wake Forest Baptist Health Dermatology provided cancer screening, hearing screenings were offered by Beltone, and D-Rex Pharmacy gave flu shots to those who wanted them.

Even the Head Start program, which provides preschool services for the YVEDDI service area, had a table with its representative explaining they encouraged seniors to share their information with their children and grandchildren.

Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.

Directors of Yadkin County senior centers welcome seniors to an information fair at the Boonville headquarters of the Yadkin Valley Economic Development District Inc. Friday.
http://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_info-fair-1-formatted.jpgDirectors of Yadkin County senior centers welcome seniors to an information fair at the Boonville headquarters of the Yadkin Valley Economic Development District Inc. Friday. Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Lisa Money, senior services director for Yadkin Valley Economic Development District, speaks to seniors attending a special information fair at the YVEDDI headquarters in Boonville Friday.
http://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_info-fair-2-formatted.jpgLisa Money, senior services director for Yadkin Valley Economic Development District, speaks to seniors attending a special information fair at the YVEDDI headquarters in Boonville Friday. Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Residents from Yadkin County attend an information fair held at the Boonville headquarters for the Yadkin Valley Economic Development District Inc. Friday.
http://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_info-fair-3-formatted.jpgResidents from Yadkin County attend an information fair held at the Boonville headquarters for the Yadkin Valley Economic Development District Inc. Friday. Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Residents from Yadkin County attend an information fair held at the Boonville headquarters for the Yadkin Valley Economic Development District Inc. Friday.
http://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_info-fair-4-formatted.jpgResidents from Yadkin County attend an information fair held at the Boonville headquarters for the Yadkin Valley Economic Development District Inc. Friday. Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Jeff Cockerham, who handles transportation for Yadkin Valley Economic Development District Inc., speaks to seniors attending an information fair at the Boonville headquarters of YVEDDI Friday.
http://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_info-fair-5-formatted.jpgJeff Cockerham, who handles transportation for Yadkin Valley Economic Development District Inc., speaks to seniors attending an information fair at the Boonville headquarters of YVEDDI Friday. Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Bradley Key, director of the Yadkin Valley Senior Games, talks to Yadkin residents about the sports and arts programs available to seniors who want to participate in the Surry and Yadkin games.
http://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_info-fair-6-formatted.jpgBradley Key, director of the Yadkin Valley Senior Games, talks to Yadkin residents about the sports and arts programs available to seniors who want to participate in the Surry and Yadkin games. Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Joe King, a certified senior advisor on Medicare benefits, explains how he can assist seniors as they prepare to sign up for their Medicare benefits.
http://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_info-fair-7-formatted.jpgJoe King, a certified senior advisor on Medicare benefits, explains how he can assist seniors as they prepare to sign up for their Medicare benefits. Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Missy Whitaker with Yadkin Valley Economic Development District Inc.’s retired senior volunteer program (RSVP) explains the program to Yadkin seniors during an information fair Friday.
http://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_info-fair-8-formatted.jpgMissy Whitaker with Yadkin Valley Economic Development District Inc.’s retired senior volunteer program (RSVP) explains the program to Yadkin seniors during an information fair Friday. Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

By Wendy Byerly Wood

wbyerly-wood@elkintribune.com

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