Senator Lesser Announces Presenters for "Thrive After 55" Wellness Fair on June 15

SPRINGFIELD — Senator Eric P. Lesser announced today that the Second Annual “Thrive After 55” Wellness Fair will feature four seminars on topics ranging from elder law to nutrition and movement. The fair, which will be held on June 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Springfield College’s Blake Athletic Complex, is free and open to the public.

Attorney Todd Ratner of Bacon Wilson will give a presentation on elder law and estate planning. Dr. Donna Chapman, the Program Director for Nutritional Sciences at Springfield College, will offer evidence-based nutrition recommendations designed to help you protect your heart and your brain, control diabetes and high blood pressure, and ensure that you’re getting enough protein.

Timothy Depin from the Office of Attorney General Maura Healey will provide a “Savvy Seniors” presentation which focuses on scams, financial fraud and Identity Theft. Covered in the presentation are details of some of the most common phone, mail, and computer scams, including the IRS Scam, Grandparent Scam and Tech Support Scam, as well information on how to recognize and protect yourself from these scams.

“The goal of this fair is to provide as much information as possible, so that people walk away feeling better prepared to thrive in retirement. Estate planning is a big part of that, and this will be a helpful presentation on that,” said Sen. Lesser.

Master Yoga Instructor Shelia Magalhaes, owner of Heartsong Yoga Center in East Longmeadow, will also lead participants in an interactive yoga demonstration designed for people of all ages and abilities.

“Sheila’s yoga demonstration was very popular at last year’s fair, so we wanted to make sure to invite her back this year,” said Sen. Lesser.

The “Thrive After 55” Wellness Fair is free and open to the public. With 50 local organizations ranging from health and fitness to nutrition and elder law, the annual fair will connect residents of the First Hampden & Hampshire District with information and resources to help them thrive.

The free program includes a boxed lunch, educational seminars, hundreds of raffle prizes, and access to information and experts to talk to. To attend, please call Senator Lesser’s office at 413-526-6501 or visit to RSVP.