The Upper Arlington Chamber of Commerce Older Adult Resource Group will host a workshop and expo next week to link local senior citizens and their caregivers with services that can become vital as people age.

The Upper Arlington Chamber of Commerce Older Adult Resource Group will host a workshop and expo next week to link local senior citizens and their caregivers with services that can become vital as people age.

The Older Adult Resource Group consists of area organizations committed to promoting "dignified, healthful quality of life for older adults" by offering lifelong learning activities and a myriad of services for seniors and those who care for them.

This year, a new partnership has been forged in which the OARG will host a Senior Services Resource Workshop & Expo at the Upper Arlington Public Library's main branch, 2800 Tremont Road.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 20, and will feature a series of seminars along with exhibits by businesses and nonprofit groups that seek to serve seniors and their caregivers.

"The partnership with the library has been done in order to give people a familiar place to go where they can get resources and where they can research topics," said Amy Schossler, director of the Upper Arlington Commission on Aging, which is an OARG member.

"We're trying to spread the message to have people really prepare for and research for services they may need in the future.

"Even if you're healthy and active at the moment, if you know what your plan is going to be, it helps in the long run."

The May 20 event will include exhibits in the library atrium as well as five presentations featuring local experts from area service agencies and businesses.

Education seminars will take place in the Friends Theater and Meeting Room B.

Those workshops will include "Man's Best Friend: Aging in Place with Your Pet" at 10:30 a.m., "What's Your Emergency?" at 1 p.m., "Keeping You Connected in a Digital World" at 3 p.m. and "De-Clutter and Downsize: Finding Solutions to Sort Your Stuff" at 4:30 p.m.

At 6 p.m., the expo will feature a panel discussion with representatives from the Alzheimer's Association, STAY UA and Elder Life Solutions, moderated by Drew Chenos of National Church Residences, titled, "Where Do I Start? Finding Senior Services in UA."

Each facet of the expo is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

"They don't need to come for the whole day," Schossler said. "The goal is for people to pick and choose the seminars that most relate to them and their needs."

She added that free respite care will be provided throughout the presentations by Home Care Assistance.

Those who plan to attend and wish to receive respite care should make arrangements by calling Home Care at 614-481-8888.

"It's free and we'll have all the members of the Older Adult Resource Group of the chamber available," Schossler said. "We're looking forward to it and are hoping seniors will take advantage of the opportunity."