Prime Time Senior Fair postponed due to coronavirus outbreak

Published on Friday, 20 March 2020 12:06
Written by Erica Drzewiecki

Staff Writer

For the past five years, Central Connecticut Communications and CT Prime Time have presented local seniors and their families with a yearly event celebrating the golden era of life.

Typically held in the spring time, the annual Prime Time Senior Fair brings together resources, local professionals and resources for older adults.

Thousands have attended and left with free giveaways, valuable information and maybe even a new friend or two.

The 6th annual event was originally set for Saturday, April 4 at Bristol Eastern High School, but due to the recent coronavirus outbreak, it has been postponed. Organizers are hoping to postpone the fair to a later date, when this health crisis has ended.

“Our hope is that we will be able to do this in the fall,” CCC Publisher Michael Schroeder said. “Our first priority is the safety and health of our readers in the senior community.”

Past years’ fairs have included dozens of experts in elder law, housing, health and wellness, recreation, leisure, travel and financial insight.

A return participant every year is Anna Schumler, nursing liaison at Athena Healthcare, which operates 22 nursing, rehabilitation and assisted living facilities throughout the state, including Sheriden Woods and Countryside Manor in Bristol.

“The Prime Time Fair has been a great opportunity for us to present the services we provide and to inform the community of our continuum of care,” Schumler explained. “It gives us a chance to talk to seniors and their adult children to get a current picture of what they’re looking for in healthcare. It’s also a nice time to network with our colleagues and fellow senior providers from the community.”

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is a respiratory illness that originated in Wuhan, China in Dec. 2019 and has since been categorized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). The disease has spread to countries across the world and infected more than 200,000 people, killing close to 8,000 so far. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are urging people to avoid unnecessary physical contact with others until further notice. Health officials have identified older adults and those with chronic health conditions as particularly vulnerable to the illness and among the least likely to recover from it.

As the leading monthly magazine for people over 55 in Central Connecticut, Prime Time is taking steps to ensure the safety of readers, also providing up-to-date information in The Bristol Press, The New Britain Herald and The Newington Town Crier.

Schroeder asked people to stay tuned as a new date is finalized for the 2020 Prime Time Senior Fair.

“When we reschedule,” he said, “it will be safe, healthy and bigger than ever.”

Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at 860-801-5097 or

Posted in Newington Town Crier, Newington News on Friday, 20 March 2020 12:06. Updated: Friday, 20 March 2020 12:09.