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linda Edwards, of the Monroe House, samples a baked good as Velma Dunkin finds other items to show her at the Moses Lake Senior Expo and Wellness Fair.

MOSES LAKE - Rose DeRenzo, 77, is the first buyer of a home

inside the 55-plus community "The Gardens" in Moses Lake.

The Moses Lake woman shared her experience downsizing into a

smaller home with other senior citizens at Saturday's Moses Lake

Senior Expo and Wellness Fair.

MOSES LAKE - Rose DeRenzo, 77, is the first buyer of a home inside the 55-plus community "The Gardens" in Moses Lake.

The Moses Lake woman shared her experience downsizing into a smaller home with other senior citizens at Saturday's Moses Lake Senior Expo and Wellness Fair.

"The Gardens" and many other businesses and organizations, had booths at the fair.

The event was held at the Moses Lake Event Center, and organized by the Columbia Basin Herald.

DeRenzo showed attendees maps of the community she lives in and answered questions.

She described her two-bedroom as being well built and maintenance free. It has a two-car garage, a walk-in closet and an attic for storage.

Her home has a great room, meaning the living room, dining room and kitchen have a combined area, but still maintain their respective spaces.

That way, house guests in either room are able to easily visit and see one another.

"I like to entertain," she explained. "It's a beautiful home."

At another booth, Gary Lynch, a respiratory therapist with Samaritan Healthcare, talked about the effects of smoking for 30 years and answered questions about his model of a diseased lung.

"They want to look at this and understand this," he commented.

Lynch also had a small breathing device patients would use if they were hospitalized for pneumonia.

Nearby, teens from Chief Moses Middle School sold baked goods and sold raffle tickets to raise money for their upcoming trip to Washington, D.C.

The raffle is held on Nov. 15 for a variety of prizes, including a stay at the Coeur d'Alene Resort and an introductory membership at 1-2-3 Fitness.

Students Sahba Farahbakhsh and Derek Dunkin, and his mother Velma Dunkin, were among those staffing the booth.

Another expo participant, Linda Edwards, of the Monroe House, said it had been a very successful year. She was happy to see young active seniors coming out to take advantage of the offerings.

The event still had a few hours left and she was already half way through her materials.

Janie Ray, of Emeritus at Hearthstone, spoke with a woman and her father about assisted living.

Moses Lake chiropractors Kris Dexter and Aaron Hammons also had a booth.

Hammons said attendees were interested in their health and asked what they could do to have a healthier life.

People mostly have lower back problems, but on Saturday, were commenting about chronic problems with shoulders and knees, he said.

Those people were told they don't need surgery and didn't know what to do about their pain. Techniques were discussed to help those people.

Columbia Basin Herald Advertising Sales Manager Lynn Garza said attendees loved music from The Old Time Fiddlers and seeing cars from the Moses Lake Classic Car Club.

Bingo games with prizes were another popular feature.

Flu and pneumonia shots were offered, including seminars on using Facebook, diabetes and surgery alternatives.

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