Volume 3 Number 43
October 23, 2006

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Tom Gallagher, Florida’s chief financial officer said that the Florida Department of Financial Services is partnering with Wal-Mart Stores and the local Better Business Bureau to host a 2006 Senior Day Expo in Pensacola.  The event will take place on Saturday, November 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wal-Mart Supercenter, located at 2650 Creighton Road.  The event is free and open to the public.

“Florida is currently home to more than 2.9 million Floridians over the age of 65 and that number is projected to grow by as much as 30 percent over the next 10 years,” said Gallagher, who oversees the department.  “Many seniors have so much to keep up with – their health, family and finances – and they are interested in getting information and assistance to help them juggle these priorities.  This Expo is a collaborative effort to help educate seniors about the services available to them in Northwest Florida.” 

Gallagher said the event will feature more than 20 different non-profit and service agencies whose missions are to serve Florida’s senior citizens, including the Council on Aging, Hospice of the Emerald Coast, and Consumer Credit Counseling Service.  Attendees can also take advantage of free preliminary eye exams and learn more about Wal-Mart’s new $4 generic drug program.  Free food and beverages will also be provided.

“Every opportunity we have to empower Florida’s seniors is an opportunity to better and strengthen our community,” said Cliff Long, community outreach coordinator for the department and chairperson for the event.  “We are excited to partner with Wal-Mart and the Better Business Bureau to make this event a success.” 

Gallagher said that the department also has a comprehensive website that offers Florida’s seniors valuable information, including shopping for long-term care or Medicare supplements, or finding ways to grow their money with investments or steer clear of financial scams. The Florida Department of Financial Services senior website can be found by logging on to www.flseniors.net.