About 120 senior citizens from the Baker, Baton Rouge, Central, Chaneyville and Zachary communities and Council on Aging centers on April 7 attended the sixth annual East Baton Rouge Seniors and Lawmen Together Senior Expo.
A S.A.L.T. Council is a group of seniors, senior organizations and local law enforcement agencies working together to determine the needs of communities’ senior populations and creating activities to address those needs, according to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office.
The free event was held in the Family Life Center of First Baptist Church and included law enforcement personnel from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, Baker, Baton Rouge and Zachary Police departments and the Zachary fire department.
“Essentially, we work together to better the lives of seniors,” said Zachary Police Chief David McDavid.
“S.A.L.T. Council expos aim to give seniors a more comprehensive understanding of the underlying issues related to crime and provides an opportunity to learn more about crime prevention,” said East Baton Rouge S.A.L.T. President Joshua Hollins, of the State Attorney General’s office.
Free services, free resources, wellness programs and consumer tips were offered from more than 30 vendors such as AARP, American Red Cross, the Attorney General’s Office, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Charlet Funeral Home, East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Grace Health & Rehabilitation, Lane Home Health, Lane Regional Medical Center, Life Source Hospice, the Louisiana Department of Insurance, Louisiana Senior Medicare Patrol, National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, Northpoint Health Center, Oakwood Village, South Louisiana Hospice, Southeast Community Health System, the Hospice of Baton Rouge, Wellcare and others.
Free health screenings, blood pressure and hearing checks were offered.
Presentations were given on funeral planning by Jordan Charlet and Nicole Charlet Wilcher, of Charlet Funeral Home; crime prevention by Deputy Melvin Edwards, of the EBRSO; identity theft by Detective Enis Sims, of the ZPD; general safety by Zachary firefighters; wills and successions by attorney Ricky McDavid; and hurricane preparedness by Resilience Outreach Specialist Barbara Bourgeois, of the American Red Cross.
“The event has grown to be a really fun and vital asset for area seniors,” said Terri Kaaihue, of Life Source Hospice.
Door prizes were awarded, free paper products from Georgia Pacific were distributed, and Zachary Mayor David Amrhein and members of his staff prepared fried catfish lunches for the seniors.