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Senior Summit provides ‘wealth of information’

Johnnie Mae Hatten and Comfort Care Hospice had a simple goal for the 2nd Annual Senior Summit: provide as much information as possible to the area’s senior citizens.

“This is information that they need, and we wanted to do what we could to help provide it to them,” Hatten, the director of Comfort Care Hospice in Greenville, said.

The daylong event, which was held Friday at Walnut Street Church of Christ, featured a series of professionals speaking on health-and-wellness-related topics such as elder fraud and exploitation and changes to Medicare and Medicaid.

Featured speakers were Mary Wedgeworth, Karen Crawford, Jacky Richburg, Dr. Ramana Puppala and Clayton Davis, Esq.

Wedgeworth spoke on “how to be a caregiver” and emergency preparedness; Crawford spoke about elder abuse; Richburg spoke on the benefits of long-term care; Puppala spoke on breast cancer and Davis spoke about “preparing for the late years.”

“It’s been a wonderful day,” Hatten said. “We’ve had so much information shared, and it’s been very interesting. We wanted this to be something that would educate our seniors, and also our caregivers and I think we’ve done that. There’s really been a wealth of information given out today. We’re very pleased with how things have gone.”

Breakfast, lunch, door prizes donated by local vendors and goodie bags for all the participants were also part of the day.