Lufkin Senior Health Expo brings community resources within easy reach

Seniors and their families gathered at The Church of Living God in Lufkin for the event.
Published: Jul. 15, 2023 at 1:48 PM CDT
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LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - The Basic Element Teaching Center hosted a senior expo and health fair Saturday in Angelina County.

Seniors and their families gathered at The Church of Living God in Lufkin for the event. Machelle Dixon with Basic Element Teaching Center said this is their first time hosting an event in Angelina County.

“We have assembled some terrific professionals, everything from Medicare 101 to telecommunications assistants and things like that, and we are just hoping that everyone enjoys themselves and takes something back into the community,” Dixon said.

There were booths such as Assurance Therapeutic Outreach, which deals with mental health and emotional support along with different therapies. United Healthcare was also preseint; it deals with senior benefits. World Financial Group attended to talk about financial literacy, while Harbor Hospice told people about their services and Clear Captions introduced their house phones.

Mike LeBlanc attended the event today and said he came to learn about Clear Captions.

“I wanted to know more about that phone. It’s a free phone for senior citizens who are hard of hearing, and I found out what I wanted,” LeBlanc said.

Carolina Guevara is with Clear Captions and explained how the phone system works to each customer.

“What I do is I install captioning telephones for the hard of hearing and the deaf. It is a federally funded program, and so it is at no cost to anyone who necessitates it,” Guevara said.

LeBlanc said events like these are important to have in a community.

“Absolutely, you are going to get out what you put into it, and I am pleased what I got out of it,” LeBlanc said.

Dixon said the goal of the fair is to bring education to people about services in the community they can use.

“When we bring more information to a family and filter it into the neighborhoods and into the city at large, it’s going to make us more aware of where we are presently, whether it’s technology, whether it’s health care or other benefits along the way,” Dixon said.

She said they plan on having another event in Angelina County in the coming months.

KTRE's Avery Gorman visited the Lufkin Senior Health Expo, where the community has come together to learn more about local resources.