Irene Andrews

Irene Andrews 

A Senior Town Hall is planned from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the J.W. Sims Community Center, 408 N. 10th St. in Nolanville.

Guests include District 54 state Rep. Scott Cosper, R-Killeen, Nolanville Mayor Christina Rosenthal and a representative from the Area Agency on Aging Central Texas.

The event is hosted by the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature with Irene Andrews of Nolanville as the event organizer. Everyone of all ages is encouraged to attend.

“The more seniors who voice their concerns, ask questions and talk about solutions makes ​them better connected, more productive and ​happier, ” said Andrews, 62, who was recently sworn in as a member of the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature.

“Positive things happen when we come together with common interests and hear from each other as neighbors and friends to get questions answered,” Andrews said.

Each attendee can fill out a form stating the questions they want to discuss. While the meeting is casual and wide open on all topics, two major issues with seniors are affordable housing and The Hop transit system.

“We need to have affordable senior housing communities because there is a lack of it in the area,” she said. “Equally important is where is the vision and planning for housing to meet the explosive growth of seniors retiring in the area.”

On the issue of the recent cuts to The Hop, especially limiting door-to-door services, many seniors have already expressed their anguish to Andrews at being left with no means of transpiration.

“This is a very critical problem for people who could get trapped in their homes with no way to get to the grocery store and to doctor’s appointments; we must help these people,” she said.

Andrews said that often seniors feel isolated and uncertain where to get help, so the purpose of the town hall will be a place of empowerment.

The Texas Silver-Haired Legislature is a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization composed of about 120 elected representatives from 123 districts who are 60 years or older to advocate on issues concerning seniors.

This is the first of what Andrews hopes will be quarterly town halls throughout the area and Central Texas. Information collected from the meetings will help draft future resolutions.

“By listening to the seniors locally and throughout Texas, we hope to help solve the problems brought up by the seniors,” Andrews said.

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