With the 50-and-older crowd growing in number and vigor, aging has become an art.

And that's the driving force behind The Times-sponsored Art of Aging Lifestyle & Wellness Expo, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 26 at Blue Chip Casino & Hotel Stardust Event Center in Michigan City.

The event is free with registration open at www.artofagingexpo.com. Walk-ins are welcome on the day of the event, but those who register ahead of time will be eligible for prize drawings that will include a trip and a Microsoft Surface Tablet.

"Local businesses and even our publisher, Chris White, had heard of similar expos and thought it was a good time to try it here," says Jim Pellegrini, head of marketing and creative services for The Times and the man spearheading the program.

Pellegrini hopes to bring in 3,000 to 5,000 attendees with up to 60 vendors offering information on topics ranging from health and wellness, senior living options, and financial planning, to travel, home improvement and food and cooking.

"We are planning health screenings and wine tastings along with seminars to show people 50 and older what the Region has to offer," says Pellegrini, pointing out that more residents are choosing to stay in the Region. 

This is the latest in a series of conferences sponsored by The Times, including the Diversity Career Fair and Business Symposium and Bride Blue Expo.

Pellegrini says the Art of Aging is meant to be fun as well as informative and notes its value even to children of parents nearing or in retirement. "It will help adult children learn what's important to their parents and what options are available in the Region."