Senator Lesser to Hold "Thrive after 55 Wellness Fair" to Connect Seniors with Local Resources

More than 30 local organizations are participating, with more expected to join

Organized in partnership with Western New England University, Health New England, 22News, The Republican and PRIME Magazine



WHAT: Senator Lesser’s First-Annual “Thrive After 55 Wellness Fair” WHERE: Rivers Auditorium, Western New England University, 1215 Wilbraham Rd, Springfield, MA 01119 WHEN: Friday, June 9, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


SPRINGFIELD — Today Senator Eric P. Lesser announced plans to hold a first-annual wellness fair on June 9 to connect older adults with local organizations and information to help them plan for, and thrive, after retirement.

The fair includes a boxed lunch for each attendee, door prizes and a raffle.

Residents wishing to attend and vendors wishing to participate are encouraged to RSVP at or by calling Jennifer Metsch in Senator Lesser’s district office at 413-526-6501.

More than 30 local organizations, from dieticians to the Registry of Motor Vehicles, have lined up to showcase information booths about the resources they offer. PRIME Magazine, 22News and The Republican are partnering as the fair’s media sponsors.

The Office of Elder Affairs and their community partners, WestMass ElderCare and Greater Springfield Senior Services, will represent more than six state agencies which offer services from emergency preparedness to assistive technologies to help people live independently in their homes. There will also be organizations present to speak specifically to veterans’ issues.

“Our Thrive After 55 Senior Fair will be a fun, informative way to get connected with the wonderful local businesses, non-profits and government services available to our region's seniors. From health and wellness to transportation, from insurance to veterans programs, this fair will be an unparalleled resource for our community — and a great time, as well! A special thank you also to Western New England University, Health New England, 22News, The Republican and PRIME Magazine for their partnership,” said Senator Lesser, who serves on Joint Committee on Elder Affairs.

The fair is sponsored by Health New England, which will be handing out booklets about applying for Medicare and will have representatives available to answer questions. Health insurance counselors from Serving Health Information Needs for Everyone will also be on hand to answer Medicaid and private insurance questions.

Currently, the following organizations plan to participate, with more expected to confirm in the coming weeks:

  • Alzheimer's Association
  • Baystate Dental
  • Baystate Health Senior Class
  • Big Y Dietician and Pharmacy
  • Columbia Gas
  • Eastfield Mall
  • Executive Office of Elder Affairs
  • Forastiere Funeral Services
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Greater Springfield Senior Services
  • Hampden County Registry of Deeds
  • Hampden Hearing Center
  • Health New England
  • Healthcare News
  • Holyoke Soldiers Home
  • Home Helpers
  • Jewish Community Center
  • Jewish Geriatric Services
  • Landmark Monastery
  • Life Care of Wilbraham
  • Longmeadow Fire Department
  • Louis & Clark Pharmacy; Medical Equipment and Supply
  • Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
  • Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services
  • Massachusetts Senior Action Council
  • MassDOT/Registry of Motor Vehicles/EZPass
  • Mercy Hearing Center
  • Mercy Home Health Care
  • Office of Consumer Affairs
  • Office of the Secretary of State
  • Prime/Reminder
  • The Republican
  • Rick's Place, Inc.
  • Scantic Valley YMCA
  • SHINE/ MOD Emergency Preparedness
  • Springfield National Armory
  • The Arbors at Chicopee
  • Visiting Angels
  • WestMass ElderCare
  • YWCA