By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Thursday, August 21, United States Congressman Bradley Byrne (R) from Montrose will be holding a special event on National Senior Citizens Day at the James P. Nix Center in Fairhope.
Representative Byrne said in a written statement, “Baldwin County, the Fairhope area in particular, enjoys a large community of active and involved retirees. My office has assembled a great collection of resources and groups which will be present to assist seniors in various areas including the Department of Veterans Affairs, Medicare, and the Social Security Administration. I am looking forward to hosting the roundtable and having a great discussion on issues that matter most to our area’s seniors.”
Rep. Byrne said that the event will bring together representatives from key federal and state agencies and organizations in a Resource Fair to highlight services and benefits of special interest to senior citizens. Between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. participants will have the opportunity to have a conversation with Congressman Byrne in a Senior Citizens Roundtable.
The South Alabama Regional Planning Commission’s Area Agency on Aging will sponsor a free legal clinic. In order to obtain a power of attorney or advanced directive at no cost from a local attorney, participants must be at least age 60, bring proof of identity, and provide the complete name, address and telephone number of the person or persons to whom they will assign power of attorney.
The Area Agency on Aging (AAA) will also have representatives on hand to provide information about AAA services and activities. Representatives from Medicare, Medicaid and State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) will be on hand to provide benefits counseling. The Social Security Administration and the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs will also be participating. The Alabama Department of Human Resources will provide information on Elder abuse. The FBI Task Force will provide information on Financial Exploitation. The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) will be providing free tax counseling and be awarding Fairhope the “Livable Communities” award. There will also be free blood-pressure checks and refreshments including an “Ice Cream Social” that is being provided courtesy of the Nix Center.
Today’s activities will begin at 8:30 am and continue to noon Central Time at the James P. Nix Center, 1 Bayou Drive, Fairhope, 36532. The Resource Fair will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon, and the Roundtable Discussion with Congressman Byrne will take place from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Congressman Bradley Byrne represents Alabama’s First Congressional District.