By MATT PIKE
St. Joseph Post
The Joyce Ray Patterson 50+ Activity Center is helping adults 50 and older plan for their future.
The center will host the first ever Active Adult Symposium, which will feature presentations about retirement, post retirement, and end of life planning.
Senior Center Manager Julie Noel says the center decided to put on the event because of a large need in the community.
"And a lot of vendors or businesses that will provide for those people, but there's not a good connection," Noel tells KFEQ/St. Joseph Post. "So, we wanted to connect people with the things that are avaialable in our community so that they can help them with their planning for their future."
The symposium will feature six presentations overall and will also have one health screening. The presentations will take place starting tomorrow and run until October 7th.
The health screening will be held this Friday from 1 to 4pm.
Noel says people have been very receptive to this event and have been excited to register for the presentations.
"We think that it's important to provide this service to people who live in St. Joseph and the surrounding area because it's not something that we see a lot and we just think that it's a great service that we can provide," Noel says.
You can call the activity center or go online to register for each presentation. Registration will be taken until the day before the scheduled presentation.
Noel says an event like this hasn't been very hard to set up.
"The people that are coming to speak, they have the same kind of goals that we have, where they want to really help people, so they've been very receptive to presenting," Noel explains. "And the same thing with the vendors for the health fair, they've been very excited about it and it's fun to see that."
Noel says while she had the idea for the symposium during the pandemic while it was not possible, it gave her the time to think about what she wanted it to be.