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First Hudson Senior Expo reaches many

The Hudson Senior Expo allowed seniors to meet local business leaders who serve seniors’ needs. The event featured four speakers and lunch at YMCA Camp St. Croix. Submitted photo

Submitted by John and Becky Durham

The inaugural Hudson Senior Expo held Tuesday, Feb. 6 at the YMCA's Camp St. Croix brought Hudson's seniors together with the local business community dedicated to serving their needs. Four speakers presented on topics such as making sure you have both an Age In Place Home Assessment and Home Equity Evaluation performed prior to making a decision on whether you can safely age in your current home with modifications and/or adaptations providing a reasonable return on investment (ROI). Other presenter topics included estate planning, social security and taxes, and area services that are available through St. Croix County while attendees enjoyed a free lunch, provided by Hudson County Market.

Thirty-one companies and organizations were on hand to share their products and services in a vendor fair. Attendees were able to visit with senior living communities, healthcare and mobility providers, financial services, legal, and insurance services, entertainment companies. Many local companies donated door prizes, too. The event was organized and sponsored by John and Becky Durham, Realtors with RE/MAX RESULTS in Hudson.

Becky Durham is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist, specially trained to work with seniors and their special needs when they buy or sell a home. As she worked with her clients, she realized that resources for seniors are there, but it can be difficult for them to navigate the process to get the products and services they need. She asked some contacts at local senior communities and service providers if a Senior Expo would be something in which they would participate.

"It's amazing to see the Hudson community come together like this to rally around our senior community," Becky Durham said. "When we started inquiring about the interest in this kind of event, we were delighted to get such a great response from local businesses. It's clear that seniors have a need to connect with companies and agencies that can help them live vibrantly, whether independently or with assistance."

The Durhams are hoping to bring another Senior Expo to Hudson.