On May 20, 2004, the third annual NFB-sponsored senior fair took place at the National Center for the Blind. This year for the first time the setting was Members Hall on the fourth floor of the new Jernigan Institute. Pictured here, the crowd is seated at tables to consume 420 box lunches and enjoy a lively program.
Alan Walden, WBAL radio announcer, speaks from the podium. He told his audience that he uses two hearing aids because of age-related hearing loss. He urged seniors not to be discouraged by complications like vision loss but to get on with their lives.
Connie Connolly from Louisiana keynoted the event. As a senior she attended the Louisiana Center for the Blind and now serves on its board.
Pictured here before the crowd arrived is the NFB Store's popular display, Gadgets and Gizmos. On the front table are items that many newly blind people know nothing about: talking clocks and calculators, raised-dot and large-print timers, games, and sewing aids. Behind is the stock table to replenish supplies as items are sold.
Bililynn Savage, Special Customer Liaison, and Christine Bradley, Special Groups Market Manager, from the National Aquarium in Baltimore sit at their exhibit table. The Byrd Street balcony and window are visible behind them. They attended the senior fair to sign up senior volunteers and explain their just announced audio wireless tour for blind and visually impaired aquarium visitors. On the table are frisbees, a stuffed dolphin, and fact sheets.
The Answers for the Aging display board prepared by Catholic Charities of Baltimore.
Many family groups attended the fair. Here are three generations: Evon Brunson (standing left) and her daughter Monica Brunson, an assisted living specialist (right). Seated in front is Evon's mother Marion Jackson.
Pictured here are Jaimie Jacobs, election reform deputy director of the Maryland Board of Elections, showing Jim Courtney of Monkton, Maryland, how to use the new Diebold accessible voting machine. Jim's daughter Holly Snyder of Pennsylvania examines the keypad.
Ray McGeorge, vice president of the National Organization of the Senior Blind, and Ruth Sager, coordinator of senior services for Blind Industries and Services of Maryland, chat at a table. McGeorge and Sager, along with Duncan Larson (Colorado), Frank Lee (Alabama), Virginia Mann (Ohio), Janice Frost (Connecticut), Annette Grove (Illinois), Kyle Parrish (Washington State), and Hilda Jones (Kansas) attended the event and stayed for discussions to learn how their states could host similar senior fairs.