NEW BRITAIN - With more than 40 vendors and opportunities to get flu shots, free haircuts, and learn about a variety of available services, the annual New Britain TRIAD Senior Expo slated for Thursday has a lot to offer, organizers said.
Each year TRIAD, an organization that brings together police, senior support services and seniors, hosts the Expo to provide free health screenings and other fun activities to promote health, wellbeing and socialization.
This year, TRIAD is providing seniors from New Britain and area towns the chance to get flu shots if they have an insurance card; free haircuts and pedicures courtesy of E.C. Goodwin Technical School students; raffle prizes and promotional prizes; a free pasta lunch, and information on a variety of health topics, said Sgt. Arthur Powers, the police liaison to TRIAD.
“It’s a great time,” Powers said. “There’s a lot of information that can help seniors and services like free haircuts and free blood pressure clinics.” City dignitaries will also attend, Powers said.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 370 Osgood Ave., the Hospital for Special Care Research Center.
Guest speakers during lunch will speak on senior exercise and fall prevention. Those who want a flu shot will have to bring their medical insurance card, but otherwise, the entire event is free. People are not required to register in advance. The event draws between 250 and 300 people a year.
Vendors will include a variety of businesses and agencies that deal with seniors from Social Security to insurance companies and healthcare providers. Free confidential document shredding will also be offered.
Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or Lbackus@centralctcommunications.com.