Seniors gather for first post-COVID women’s conference

SIKESTON, Mo. (KBSI) – The 17th Annual Multicounty Women’s Conference at the Tanner Street Church of God in Sikeston, Missouri, took place on Friday for area senior citizens.

Approximately 150 people signed up for the event. The event primarily was geared toward senior women in the surrounding areas.

The previous event was three years ago, and organizers said it was good to be back.

Maude Harris with the University of Missouri Extension Office is positive of the change the conference makes for the women.

“They will be able to make some kind of lifestyle change as a result of this conference,” Harris said. “They will be able to share something that they learned here as a result of this conference.”

The Missouri University Extension, Scott County Health Department, Missouri Delta Nutrition, Crown Hospice, and Genesis Home Care, MERS, Goodwill, and United Way took part in the annual event.

With different vendors and classes in which the public could partake, such as learning to live a healthier lifestyle, or a memory lesson, are all vital educational outlets.

“Another young lady is doing the Medicare changes that is coming on, and people need that information in order to make informed decisions,” said Harris.

Assistance with informing citizens about local resources that can help with beneficial life changes is a crucial point for Harris, who is the creator of the conference.

The conference also had a mobile health unit to check A1C and blood pressure. COVID shots and boosters as well as flu shots were all administered.

“One thing is, of course, that information and the knowledge they will receive in the breakout sessions, but also we have a lot of vendors here, people who provide resources in our community,” said Lisa Hicks, administrator of Sikeston Nutrition Center.

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