Approximately 20 years ago, individuals representing a coalition of community and government agencies, businesses, corporations and other individuals interested in senior services and older adults began a monthly networking meeting. The networking meeting provided an opportunity to share information, resources, and education with one another the Frederick County Maryland community.
Various businesses or agencies would host a networking meeting and an informal group formed naming themselves the Elder Service Provider Council (ESPC). After several years of networking and education meetings, an effort was developed to host an annual resource and education fair for seniors and families of Frederick County.
In 1991, the first Elder Expo was held at a local school and community members were invited to attend. The ESPC has offered an annual Elder Expo for 18 years. Over the years, the event has moved from various locations in order to accommodate the growing size of attendees and exhibitors. Today, the Expo welcomes approximately 900 seniors and 76 exhibitors, a free lunch for those over the age of 60, as well as health screenings and flu shots.
Monthly networking meetings for ESPC members continue to be held at the Frederick County Department of Aging building. Anyone is invited to attend and learn more about senior services, programs and resources. Each monthly meeting has a host, a speaker relevant to a senior topic and time for information exchange and announcements.
The ESPC has recently added several other service components. A small committee has formed to organize and provide educational opportunities to seniors in the communities. Quarterly educational events are scheduled at various senior centers. In the future, the ESPC would like to provide a charitable giving program for seniors who are in need of services or care.