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More than 800 senior citizens and community members celebrate being positively ageless


Eau Claire (WQOW) - The Davies Centerat UW-Eau Claire was filled with seniors, not college seniors but seniorcitizens. They were there to celebrate and learn more about the upside ofaging. 

The joy of aging can come with thesmallest smile and the sound of laughter.

Krista Schnabel, from Eau Claire said, "It'sa wonderful exercise, it takes down blood pressure. I've never been to thisbefore. If you start laughing, even at nothing, even if you have to force it,you become a natural at it. And then the more you do it, the more you becomebetter at it."

More than 800 seniors and communitymembers gathered for the 26th annual Senior Americans Day" at UW-EauClaire's Davies Center.

Lisa Wells, a coordinator of theSenior Americans Day, said, "As we retire, learning to have that purpose,learning new things, and this is a great opportunity to come and meet newfriends."

Gene Potratz, a volunteer of theevent, said, "As our population in the US is aging, a lot of us baby boomersare now becoming seniors, just that it's a great experience for seniors toparticipate in."

About 30 workshops focused on topics,such as health and the positive aspects of aging like retirement and thefreedom to travel.

Potratz said, "A lot of seniorcitizens do travel not only in the US but foreign countries."

Lucille Roshell, from Chippewa Falls, said, "We had been to theone, not to make mistakes when traveling. And it gave us a lot of new ideas tohow to travel, how to look into special tickets, how to run across hotels thatare inexpensive."

Wells said, "It is just a greatday for adults 55 and better to come, and just to really dispel the myths ofaging, and just to learn about the positive aspects of aging.

Wells said the Senior Americans Dayis the largest senior event in the state. She also said there was a recordnumber of volunteers and vendors at this year's event.

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