VALDOSTA -- The thought of wearing a miniskirt as a senior citizen was enough to make sisters Ollie Moore and Claudia Williams giggle like schoolgirls. However, it did cross the minds of these Quitman residents after watching a fashion show by Fads 'N Fashions during the South Georgia Senior Living Showcase Saturday.
"Hem lengths are going up even for people our age," said Moore, recalling days past when showing a lot of leg was all the rage. "I don't think I'm brave enough to do that now. But it is really exciting."
The Fads 'N Fashions fashion show was one of many activities Moore and Williams participated in during the four-hour South Georgia Senior Living Showcase. The third annual event was hosted by The Valdosta Daily Times at the James H. Rainwater Conference Center and boasted a large turnout.
The Times' Mandy Edwards said many of the South Georgia Senior Living Showcase's approximately 1,000 visitors were waiting for the doors to open well before its 9 a.m. start time. She said their enthusiasm was difficult to miss.
"We have had such a good time," said Williams, sharing a synopsis of her's and Moore's adventures, which included aSilverSneakers aerobic demonstration by Health, Life and Fitness Club of Lake Park. "It's great to see so many senior citizens out and about and walking around."
Moore said she and Williams are no strangers to The SilverSneakers Fitness Program, which helps senior citizens take control of their health and maintain an active, independent lifestyle. Even while sitting in a chair, she said the workouts make her sweat.
At the South Georgia Senior Living Showcase, Moore and Williams attended seminars, including one on vein therapy by South Georgia Vein Centers. The two also visited with each of the event's participating vendors -- from Mature Solutions LLC to Advanced Hearing Care to Valdosta Family Medicine and Associates PC -- learning what the area had to offer folks their age.
"This is always our most productive event," said Lisa Hamilton, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. "We have met a few people interested in joining us."
Through the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, individuals who are 55 and older serve in a diverse range of nonprofit organizations, public agencies and faith-based groups. Among other activities, they mentor at-risk youths, teach people how to read, feed the hungry, visit the sick and build houses for the less fortunate.
"We always have room for more volunteers," Hamilton added. "There's always plenty of work that needs to be done."
Angela Haddin took advantage of the South Georgia Senior Living Showcase and the opportunity to showcase All Occasions Personal Cooking Services. Offering individualized meals designed to meet a person's dietary needs and desires, she described her service as perfect for elderly and disabled individuals who may not have the energy to stand in the kitchen for long periods of time but still want healthy, home-cooked meals.
With an hour left in the South Georgia Senior Living Showcase, Mayor John Fretti took center stage to present the 2005 Edith D. Smith Super Citizen Award winners. The award was named in honor of a longtime employee of The Valdosta Daily Times and friend of the community at-large.
Selected by Smith before her unexpected death on Aug. 10, recipients of the award were Annie S. Fisher, chosen because of her unwavering commitment to the betterment of the Valdosta community, and David O. Lee, chosen because of his positive attitude and desire to live life to his personal fullest.
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