Modern Maturity Center set for Community Education and Health Fair

Desiree Ray of Sunwise Dermatology, right, discusses the spine with Michelle Pritchett of Comprehensive Chiropractic & Rehabilitation last year during the Community Education and Health Fair in the Modern Maturity Center in Dover. There were 78 vendors at the event. (Delaware State News file photos)

DOVER — As the annual Modern Maturity Center’s Community Education and Health Fair approaches, excitement is building for organizers.

The event — free and open to the public — will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, at the facility at 1121 Forest Ave in Dover.

The fair will emphasize the importance to seniors to screen and monitor their conditions to enjoy better health as they age, organizers said. With that mission, it will feature will feature more than 70 vendors offering a variety of information and diagnostic testing.

“It’s always an exciting time,” said Mark Lewis, event coordinator of the Modern Maturity Center, which is celebrating its 50th year in operation. “It gives people an opportunity to find out about services and programs that are available to them in the community.”

While there is a focus on seniors, the family-oriented event features activities for all ages.

In addition to the exhibitors, there will be health screenings, popcorn, balloons and face painting for the kids.

“The Steppin’ Seniors line dance troupe will be performing, too,” Mr. Lewis said. ‘The Ice Cream Lady Food truck will be there from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the Aurich Fitness Center & Pool will host an open house.”

Breakfast items and beverages will be available in the snack bar located on the west side of the building.

Attendees can learn about programs such as Silver & Fit and Silver Sneakers, insurance benefits through Humana, Aetna and Cigna Insurance that provide funding for fitness and pool center memberships.

Cindy Bruschart of Americare Home Solutions offered cupcakes to fair attendees last year.

Cate Lyons, deputy director of the Modern Maturity Center, said leaders are expecting a great turnout this year.

“If I remember correctly, last year the weather was so-so,” Ms. Lyons said. “But we still had about 400 attendees. We hope to attract close to 500 this year.”

Mr. Lewis said he hopes everyone comes out and enjoys the event.

“We want to make our fair a fun event for the entire family,” Mr. Lewis said. “Whether it is parents and children or grandparents and grandchildren, there is something for everyone. “We want to give the community an opportunity to visit the center and learn about what is available here in Kent County in the way of services, information and opportunities.”

For information, call (302) 734-1200 or visit

Arshon Howard is a freelance writer living in Dover.

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