Written by Phil Cerroni
The steps of the Capitol building in Austin were the site of a senior citizen rally on Feb. 12. Seniors from all over the state of Texas gathered to make their voices heard by members of the State Legislature.
The ceremonies opened with the Senior Ballet Folklorico Dancers from Conley-Guerrero Senior Center in Austin. Representatives from the Texas Silver Haired Legislature and The Senior Source then shared their thoughts on aging and the need to advocate for the elderly.
Texas Senator Jane Nelson of Flower Mound, sponsor of Senior Day, and Texas Representative Elliot Naishtat of Austin, Chairman of the Legislative Committee on Aging urged the crowd to action on behalf of Texas Seniors. Seniors were encouraged to take the opportunity to meet with State Senators and Representatives to discuss issues facing the elderly.
“I’m just glad to get the chance to ask some questions, this is important” Billie Morrow of Irving said. Eighteen senior citizens from Heritage Senior in Irving were among the attendees. They met with State Representative Linda Harper Brown and had a photo taken with her. They later traveled on to Fredericksburg to see some of the sights of the Hill country before returning to Irving.
Mary Little of Irving thanked Heritage Senior Center and its partners The Remington in Las Colinas and Avante Rehabilitation for making the trip possible.
“It was a neat trip” she said.
Senior Day at the Capitol is held every two years, the next opportunity to attend will be in February 2015.
Source: Heritage Senior Center