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CBJ to present first-ever free Senior Living Expo

The Cash-Book Journal and presenting sponsor Saint Francis Healthcare will host a free Senior Living Expo at the Jackson Civic Center next Wednesday morning, Nov. 8.

Although this event is really geared for senior citizens, there is no set age limits to attend. Everyone is welcome.

Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. The American Legion Honor Guard will post the colors as the event opens and will retire the colors when the expo closes at noon.

“This is a community event,” said CBJ Publisher Gina Raffety. “It’s a great way for us to partner with area businesses, agencies and the public, bringing them all together for a good time.”

“It is a different way for our advertisers to reach their customers,” added CBJ Sales Manager Stephanie Watkins. This is the first expo of its kind in Jackson, and the CBJ hopes to make it an annual affair.

Free coffee and donuts will be available from 8:30 a.m. until they are all gone.

Inside the Civic Center, more than 20 vendor booths will offer information to help make the lives of seniors better. (See list of vendors at the end of this article.)

Outside the Civic Center, the Saint Francis Mobile Wellness bus will offer preventative screenings that are covered by insurance or Medicaid. Patients without insurance may qualify for a free screening through Dig for Life and the Saint Francis Foundation.

Screenings are for those 40 and older who have not had a mammogram in the past 12 months. You can schedule an appointment by calling 573-331-3952. Walk-ins will also be accepted. Bring a photo I.D. with you.

Also outside the Civic Center will be several McDowell South RV Outdoor displays. Here’s your chance to learn what today’s recreational vehicles have to offer!

Back inside, the Cape Girardeau County Health Center will operate a vaccination clinic starting at 8:30 a.m. Vaccinations will be offered for pneumonia, shingles and the flu. (There is a supply chain issue with COVID vaccines, so they may not be available. Check The CBJ Facebook page for updates.) Bring your insurance card.

SEMO Pets (formerly the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri) will open an adoption clinic at 8:30 a.m. Here is your chance to bring home a lovable, furry companion at no cost to you! Adoption fees for Cape County residents 60 and older will be waived through a grant. All pets are fully vaccinated, spayed or neutered, micro-chipped and have had a behavior and health assessment.

Any attendees who bring donations for SEMO Pets (such as adult dog food, cat food, cat litter or gift cards to local businesses that sell pet food and pet supplies) will be given an extra ticket for The Cash-Book Journal door prizes.

Beginning at 9:15 a.m., State Rep. Barry Hovis will call Bingo. Games will last until prizes run out.

At 10 a.m., Brooke Roth, a financial advisor with Edward Jones, will give a free presentation.

At 10:45 there will be a free fashion show with Wish Boutique that will feature the latest fall fashions and animals available for adoption.

Door prize winners will be announced at 11:30, and the expo will close at noon.

Admission is free.

Anyone having questions or needing help during the expo may talk to a CBJ employee, who will be wearing a blue Jackson Eclipse t-shirt.

(The CBJ is also co-sponsoring an eclipse party — along with Uptown Jackson, the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Jackson Outreach Board —from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, April 8, 2024. Eclipse T-shirts may be ordered at the CBJ expo booth. A limited number will be in-stock and available for sale).

Vendors having displays at the expo include The Cash-Book Journal, Saint Francis Healthcare, Chateau Girardeau, Banterra Bank, Dutch Enterprises, Edward Jones — Roth/Mothes, First State Community Bank, LifeVantage, Newbridge Retirement Community, MRV Banks, McDowell South RV, Miracle Ear, Montgomery Bank, PC Medical Centers, Southern Bank, Southeast Missouri Pets, The Villas of Jackson, Tri-State Neuro-Therapy, Wish Boutique, Ford & Sons Funeral Home, Lutheran Home, Principal Financial, Crown Hospice, West Em Medical Spa.

Gregory Dullum has worked for The Cash-Book Journal for more than 25 years. Prior to becoming the editor in May 2017, he was production manager, circulation manager and reporter. Before moving to Cape Girardeau in 1988, he was editor of the Saint Louis Park Sailor, a weekly community newspaper in suburban Minneapolis, MN. A native of Minnesota, he returned there after graduating with distinction in 1978 from Ambassador College in Pasadena, CA, with a degree in mass communications. His wife, Marie, whom he met in college, is a native of Zalma, a small town in southeast Missouri. They have two grown daughters and five grandchildren. Gregory may be reached at

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