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Older Virginians Connecting with Community Resources

The 32nd annual Sheriff Senior Support Services Seminar was held on August 23 and 24, 2022 at the Chesapeake Conference Center in Chesapeake Virginia.

Annual Sheriff Senior Support Services Seminar

Previously the seminar was held in 2020 during the pandemic. With this conference resuming in 2022, it was an exciting reunion for older people with more than 80 vendor services that provided products and useful information.

The event served a dual purpose. First, it was an opportunity to connect with peers. Secondly, and perhaps more important, it allowed seniors an opportunity to interact with local businesses which helped them meet their daily life challenges.

Area residents met directly with local officials to express their concerns and were given positive feedback about the city’s focus on senior issues.

Over 1,600 participants were accommodated during the two day soirée. The seminar ended with a luncheon program that recognized the accomplishments of Sheriff Jim O’Sullivan in his efforts to serve the community of the city of Chesapeake.

This annual event was made possible with sponsors including The Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, Dominion Energy, TowneBank, Walmart and Poole, Brooke, Plumlee, PC and AARP Virginia.

AARP Virginia was represented by the local AARP Chesapeake Chapter, AARP Community Ambassadors and Philisa Johnson, Associate State Director for Community Outreach for the southeast Virginia region.

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Some attendees used this event to connect and meet others. One participant said, "It gives me a chance to move around and meet new people.” Others enjoyed learning about available services assisting them to live their "best possible life” with comfort for their remaining years.

During the luncheon there were approximately 80 prizes awarded to participants. Local area musicians provided the musical entertainment.

After a two year absence due to COVID, a full schedule of activities took place. This year was the first time the event was held in the summer, and the planning committee is hoping next year will be as successful and to continue to offer the festivities at no cost to all seniors who participate.

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