ST. CLOUD -- Senior citizens picked up some tips on how to stay safe in their homes and in the community at the Whitney Senior Center this (Wednesday) morning.

Kathleen Gilbride is with the Central MN Council on Aging. She says the fair provides seniors with information and products to created a safer way of life.

"This not only shows preventative measures to be safe in their home, but how they can be aware of their safety through frauds and scams. Older adults are a target for scams and frauds," says Gilbride.

Throughout the fair residents viewed products from local vendors on how to prevent fire, increase home security, avoid falls, and find opportunities to get active.

They also learned about safe medication management with keynote speaker Anna Wenzel of Coborns Pharmacy.

Gilbride says along with the safety aspect the fair is meant to keep seniors living independently.

"The Council on Aging and the vendors want people to stay in their homes independently and safely as long as possible, and we know falls is the number one detriment to older adults," says Gilbride.

This is the third year of the Home and Safety Fair put on by the RSVP program. Gilbride says the fair grows every year and it's great to see the older generation respond in a positive manner.

(Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)
(Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)

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