Senior Market Day

Lula Vorise, left, and Liz Irby, center, chats with volunteer Jackie Doggett, right, at the Killeen Police Department Citizen's Police booth during Senior Market Day at the Lions Club Park Senior Center on Friday.

The Lions Club Park Senior Center in Killeen was bustling with activity Friday at the facility’s sixth annual Senior Market Day.

More than 400 seniors attended the event, which brought together local vendors and government agencies to offer information and answer questions for attendees.

“Killeen has a large aging population,” said Debbie Edwards, who manages the city’s two senior centers. “This acts like a one-stop shop for them.”

Those vendors included organizations and services often used by area seniors, such as the HOP public transit system, Killeen Housing Development Board and a number of senior health care providers.

They are able to ask questions, she said.

The event also featured plenty of entertainment, offering attending seniors everything from live music to pool.

Edwards said the atmosphere at the center Friday was not uncommon.

“We have everything from computer classes to yoga,” she said. “We want to make sure we have a healthy, active senior community.”

That community is large, but close-knit, said Myrlene Nullen.

Nullen and her husband, who raised a family in Killeen, left the area but came back to enjoy their retirement.

“Everyone can find something they like here,” she said, adding she began coming to the center as a guest and now volunteers working the front desk. “It’s like a family.”

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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