The Baltimore County Baby Boomer/Senior Expo is underway and Baltimore County's aging population is out in full force.
By noon, parking was at a premium at the Maryland State Fairgrounds where thousands perused the latest resources for senior citizens and caregivers at the 25th annual event.
“It’s really really grown into one of the largest events of its kind, not only addressing outreach to seniors but also to caregivers and those entering close to retirement age,” County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said.
Kamenetz led the opening ceremonies at little before 1 p.m. Wednesday. The expo continues on to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday.
“We’re trying to get outreach to the senior community, let them know what services Baltimore County provides, but also to start working closely with caregivers and family members," Kamenetz said.
"We need to help them deal with their parents as they age in place," he continued. "Our goal in Baltimore County—since we have one of the largest senior populations per capita—is to offer assistance to our seniors to exercise, to be active and to age in place at home. The more active our senior are the healthier they are.”
Kamenetz, who wore a silver tie to commemorate the expo's silver anniversary, joked that he too was nearing the age where he would soon need to take advantage of the expo's resources.
“I remember going to see [The Fabulous Hubcaps and Jr. Cline the Recliners] when I was in college, thinking what a hot band they were. And now they’re playing at the senior expo. Don’t know how to explain that one,” he said.
More than 250 vendors are on hand at the expo, located in the Cow Palace on the fairgrounds property. Click here for the full list of exhibitors.
Stay with Patch for more coverage of the expo.