Annual Mature Living Festival Held For Seniors

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COLUMBIA - About 500 seniors passed through the Annual Mature Living Festival in Columbia Friday afternoon. The Boone County Council on Aging held the event for its 21st year.

Approximately 70 vendors set up to provide aging adults with information and resources they may need to maintain an independent living style. And for one Columbia resident the event is a sign of reassurance.

"There's a helluva lot of people out here. It makes you feel good. Because I didn't realize there were that many people still in pretty good health," David Dollens said.

According to the executive director of the Boone County Council on Aging Jessica Macy, seniors ranging from their early 50s to their 90s attended the event. And for this age group it's important to remind them it is expensive to age. 

"One of the things we can do is really help people have a better quality of life by making sure that their basic needs are met, that their house is safe, that they've got good health care, that they have lots of resources at their disposal," Macy said.

Seniors attending the festival could also receive a free health screening and watch live entertainment.