We all want to live the good life, especially as we enter our golden years.
But sometimes life deals an unexpected hand and we’re forced to make alternate plans.
Our population is rapidly aging and, make no mistake about it, that’s a good thing.
“It’s kind of hard to tell how old this population is going to get,” said Mike Rossell with The Good Life Expo. “Most of the seniors I know are in pretty good shape. They take it seriously to stay fit, to eat right, to avoid dangerous behavior and things that are not healthy, who know we could live into our 90s and later.”
But that also means we need to plan ahead whether we’re ready or not.
“It’s not something that everyone has top of mind. We’re all busy in our day-to-day lives and it’s never expected when your loved ones need the care,” said Shelley Wilson of Wilson Care Group.
Hawaii Seniors’ Fair: The Good Life Expo is an annual event that provides valuable resources for seniors and their families.
For 31 years, they’ve gathered at the Blaisdell Center to socialize and learn more about what public and private agencies have to offer.
“(We’ve got) trusted exhibitors. There’s going to be a lot of different workshops in a side room but also where can you go for three days where all the people in our industry will be there,” said Percy Ihara of Generations Magazine.
“We have the fastest growing aging population in the nation in Hawaii so we’re healthier, we’re living longer, so it’s inevitable that our community is aging and we will need the resources and the care,” Wilson said.
Studies show over 20 percent of our population is over 60 years old and in the next 10 years that will grow to about 25 percent.
Baby boomers are also approaching their 60s, which means they need to start thinking about themselves.
More than 20,000 people are expected to attend this year’s expo. There will be dancing, games, refreshments, entertainment and even a chance to get your flu shots for the upcoming season.
The event provides valuable information that families can use to navigate through uncharted waters.
“Something that families struggle with the most is finding what’s right for mom and dad,” Wilson said.
Hawaii Seniors’ Fair: The Good Life Expo takes place Sept. 25, 26, and 27, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. Admission is free.