The Studio at the Pearl will be filled with senior citizens looking to learn from leaders in health and wellness fields this weekend during ¡Hay Más Adelante!

Headlining both the Friday and Saturday (Oct. 2 and 3) schedules is Grammy Award-winner and health enthusiast Vikki Carr, who will be sharing her thoughts and possibly singing a few bars during her presentation titled, “A Voice of a Generation.”

Limited seating is available in Suite 115 in the Full Goods Building at 200 E. Grayson St., and a ticket is required to enter. Call 1-800-983-6998 to RSVP and request a ticket. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday.

The event series is tailored to “promote and celebrate the vitality of the Hispanic culture,” according to a news release. “The events feature prominent Hispanic community leaders who’ve achieve great things by embracing and nurturing a culturally based approach to aging brilliantly.”

Put simply, it’s a health care fair designed with Latinos in mind. Providing information on applying for Medicare is at the top of the event’s agenda.

According to the 2013 Medicare Made Clear Index survey, “more than one in five older adults describes Medicare as confusing, and two-thirds of beneficiaries have never shopped around for Medicare coverage or haven’t shopped in more than three years.”

The survey was conducted by UnitedHealthcare (UHC), a division of the largest health car provider in the U.S., UnitedHealth Group (UHG), which is also sponsoring the event. While the event provides UHG with a platform to connect with future clients, there will be no insurance sold at the event.

In addition to Carr, several presentations will be made. René Ibarra of UHC, will present details about the different parts of Medicare plans and navigating through the documentation; local chef and restaurateur Diana Barrios Treviño will talk about healthy eating habits and recipe tips; San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce spokesperson Michael Vela will introduce attendees to new technologies that are available to help with tracking eating and exercising habits.

AARP (American Association of Retired Persons), which offers a Medicare Supplement Plans insured by UHG, is also a sponsor of the event. Other partners include the Hispanic Chamber, Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas-San Antonio, and the local League of United Latin American Council.

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