Seniors, ready to celebrate, fill Pritchard

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By Kelly Cantrall

A number of Hardin County services came together Thursday to assist the community’s seniors in getting their questions answered and needs met.


The 25th annual Senior Celebration took place at Pritchard Community Center. The event provided informational booth, speakers and entertainment pertinent to those 65 years of age and older.

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, and Rep. Jimmie Lee, D-Elizabethtown, spoke at the event, and other guests included Mrs. Kentucky 2011 Andi Toniette-Guzman. Booths from health care providers, assisted living facilities, nursing homes and other senior services lined half of the event room.

The celebration allows seniors to gather information for their needs all in one place, said Katrina Valliant, sales and marketing director of The Allegro at Helmwood. Participants also can be sure that what they’re getting is good information, which is important.

“They can be taken advantage of,” Valliant said.

It also assists businesses in serving clients.

“We’re getting the senior professionals in touch with their clients,” she said.

Shirley Pond worked the booth for Atria Senior Living for the second year Thursday. Pond said the event allows staff members to meet potential customers, and while she said most probably won’t become clients in the near future, she hopes they’ll hang on to the brochures.

“It may be a need down the road for them,” Pond said.

Kim Orozco, director of marketing and admissions for Kensington Manor Care and Rehabilitation Center, said the event also offers seniors a little recreation.

“It’s time for them to socialize. They get entertainment,” Orozco said.

Nancy Thompson of Elizabethtown, who came to the celebration with her husband, said the event was helpful for them.

“Because there’s a lot of info out there that us older people don’t get a hold of” unless it’s through an event like Senior Celebration, Thompson said.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.