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Lifestyles After 50 event in NPR draws a crowd

NEW PORT RICHEY — Cars overflowed the parking lot as hundreds of residents from around Pasco County flocked to the New Port Richey Recreation & Aquatic Center last week to “see how much fun being over 50 can be.”

Lifestyles After 50, a monthly publication for seniors on Florida’s West Coast, sponsored the “FunFest” in New Port Richey on Friday, bringing vendors, aging-focused organizations and other resources together in one place for seniors to find information, meet one another and have some fun.

“It’s a great way to get information out to the seniors,” said Lifestyles After 50 publisher Kathy Beck. “It’s a great way to meet everyone and get free health screenings.”

Aside from free health screenings for things like blood pressure, memory, eyesight and hearing, there were activities like balloon animals, caricatures by Art Pressman, bingo, mini golf and more.

At Kim Konopka’s booth in the recreation center’s gymnasium, Phyllis Beasly learned more about Medicare and prescription drug coverage. She spoke with Konopka, a licensed benefits consultant for Physicians United Plan. PUP is a health plan and provider of Medicare Advantage products in Central Florida.

“They’re not really pressing you and you can take notes if you want to,” Beasley said.

More than 1,500 people attended last year’s inaugural New Port Richey FunFest, and Beck estimated a similar turn-out this year. More than 80,000 seniors attended Lifestyle events last year.

The next event will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Third St. S.E., Largo.

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