Fling for aging held Friday | Local News

A Young Hearts Spring Fling gave the aging a chance to meet at the Henderson County Senior Citizens Center for food, fun and information.

The event was sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging for East Texas. Bettye Mitchell, director of aging programs at the East Texas Council of Governments, said the event was one of several of its kind around the state.

Mitchell has more than 30 years of experience serving seniors in a wide variety of settings.

Mitchell said on Friday, getting the elderly all of the information they need can be challenging.

“People tend to wait until they’re in need before they start to inquire about the services.” Mitchell said.

Her organization attempts to form a strong partnership for any group that serves the needs of the elderly or disabled.

“We put on education events and forums, so they can be informed prior to retirement, and have time to plan.”

The Spring Fling on Friday was part of the observance of Older Americans Month.

Attorney John Ross of Ross and Shoalmire Elder Law Attorneys, spoke during the lunch hour about  five things people should do in preparation of the later years. Ross said the first thing most people think of is preparing a will. While important, that didn’t make Ross’ top five. Preparing power of attorney, providing for housing, protecting assets without giving them away and getting good advice, are the top four.  The thing you should not do is nothing.

“You have to do something, or it will be too late, and we’ll be trying to fix it,” Ross said.

Those who attended had the chance to have their pictures taken in front of a backdrop that looked like a setting someplace in the South Pacific. There were games and door prizes during the Fling, which lasted from 9 a.m. until about 2 p.m..

The meal was provided by Arabella of Athens, with the food coming…

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