Senior Expo of Santa Barbara County expected to draw 1,200 visitors.
Senior Expo of Santa Barbara County is expected to draw 1,200 visitors. Credit: Courtesy photo

Senior Expo of Santa Barbara County returns 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 4 at Earl Warren Showground. Designed for seniors and caregivers, the Senior Expo offers myriad activities and information about staying healthy and active.

A $5 admission fee provides access to flu vaccines and multiple health assessments, and more than 100 exhibits.

Halted for three years because of the pandemic, Senior Expo is now in its 32nd year and expects to draw 1,200 seniors, family members, and caregivers seeking resources to improve their quality of life.

This year, flu shots will be provided by Rite-Aid, including a senior’s dose for those 65 and older. Anyone wanting a flu shot must bring their prescription insurance card; otherwise, Rite-Aid will schedule them for a vaccine at a date of their convenience.

Popular features of the expo include entertainment, caricatures, free haircuts, therapy dogs, and a dozen free health screenings (home safety, blood pressure, diabetes, etc.).

A Caregivers’ Cafe will offer counseling and support for those caring for elderly friends and family members.

Senior Expo is organized by Family Service Agency and made possible through sponsorship of local businesses and nonprofit agencies.

This year’s Platinum sponsors include Cottage Health, Family Service Agency, Mission Park Healthcare Center, Santa Barbara Senior Organization Support, and VNA Health.

For more information and a full list of sponsors, visit