Hundreds eagerly attend Herald’s Senior Health Expo


Guests happily lined up at the Temple Beth Am in Merrick to attend RichnerLIVE and the Herald’s Senior Health & Beyond Expo, presented by United Healthcare on Oct. 13, the second in a highly-anticipated series of Expos for 2022.

The Expo is a multi-faceted event, where a myriad of trusted companies and facilities — as well as budding businesses — share their products and services with the Long Island community.

“It’s so nice to have our Expo bring the community together,” Executive Director of Corporate Relations & Events at Herald Community Newspapers and RichnerLIVE Amy Amato said. “We’re proud to host this series and bring so many innovative services and pioneers in health together for the community to benefit from.”

More than 50 vendors lined the lobby and ballroom to share their expertise in wellness, services, lifestyle tips, estate planning and insurance, helpful products, and more. Attendees could also receive a free flu-shot, — provided by Mount Sinai South Nassau and Molloy University nursing students — just in time for the chilly season ahead; enjoy snacks and refreshments — courtesy of Bagel Plaza and Walker’s Shortbread; and participate in raffles.

Massages and reiki cleanses from Charmed Eclectic Healing Shoppe put guests at ease — and to take their bodies’ abilities higher, a movement session from Club Pilates introduced attendees to the wonderful world of pilates and all the benefits it can offer.

The panel discussion was kicked-off with keynote speaker Michael Krantz, licensed sales representative from UnitedHealthcare, who educated the attendees on how he helps retirees and pre-retires on their journey through the world of Medicare.

“Medicare in particular is always a complex subject matter and it was an amazing experience to be able to provide information and answer questions at the local community level” UnitedHealthcare Representative Krantz said. “I always look forward to helping those in need of understanding their different options.”

Guests also heard from panelists Hannah Glenny, manager of patient engagement strategies at Otsuka Pharmaceuticals; Khurshid Ibrahimi, PT, from Long Beach Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (Cassena Care); Dr. Lawrence Cardano, Au.D, from the Hearing Center of Long Island; Jill Wasser, utility consumer program specialist at NYS Department of Public Service; Margaret Gonzalez, senior account manager of business development at Aetna; and Donna Stefans, ESQ., founder and lead attorney at Stefans Law Group.

The audience interacted and asked questions between each speaker, with topic-titles ranging from “Clinical Trials,” “Healthy Aging and Your Hearing,” “What You Need to Know about Managed Long Term Care,” “Posture and How to Lift Heavy Objects” and more.

Dr. Cardano also offered free hearing screenings during the event; attendees lined the hall patiently awaiting their checkups — one of the many services offered at the expo. Others included senior I.D. cards from the Town of Hempstead with Town Clerk Kate Murray, antique appraisal from Syl-Lee Antiques, and tarot card readings from the Holistic Healing Goddess — who engaged with guests on a mystical plane.


Attendees received a goody bag — courtesy of Grandell Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and Oceanside Care Center — filled with special-event sections, keepsakes, information and a whole bag of bialys from Bell’s Brooklyn Bagels.

The Expo was made possible thanks to presenting sponsor United

Healthcare; gold sponsors Otsuka

Pharmaceuticals and Stefans Law Group; silver sponsors Parker Jewish

Institute Health Care and Rehabilitation, Long Beach Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Hearing Center of Long Island, New York State Department of Public Service, Full Circle Medicaid, refreshment sponsor Long Beach Assisted Living and snack sponsor Walker’s Shortbread.

Guests and vendors are looking forward to the next Senior Health & Beyond Expo, happening thursday, Nov. 3 at the Glen Cove YMCA. In the meantime, keep an eye out for more expos and events from the Herald and RichnerLIVE at Our next virtual event being How to Cut College Costs by 52.2% or More with best-selling author and College Advisor, Andy Lockwood. Register today at