AARP rep. to visit Demopolis

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 1, 2005

DEMOPOLIS- Are you over the age of fifty, retired and unsure about the rest of your life or just plain bored?

Well, Joan Carter, state director for AARP, will visit The Demopolis Civic Center Saturday, September 10 at 7 p.m for Braxton’s Senior Day Care Center’s 9th Annual Banquet.

Although she has yet to write her speech on paper, Carter knows she will address the issues people over the age are fifty are most concerned with and the things they should be concerned about.

“I know I will talk about Medicare, social security, the new prescription policy and how to live a healthy lifestyle,” Carter said. “I may even address predatory lending to some extent.”

After being with AARP for nine years and being state director since 2002, this will be Carter’s first trip to Demopolis.

Carter said most people are eager for the “fabulous” information AARP can provide.

“We are a valuable resource,” Carter said. “People are usually very happy to get information.”

According to Carter, most AARP members are interested in having a voice in what happens to them and their family after 50.

“We represent them on the state and federal level,” she said. “We give them the information to age gracefully and well.”

Carter said some people also join because of the benefits. AARP members get discounts and special insurance opportunities.

“There are a wide range of options available to people,” she said. “We even offer information on how to start a new career after retirement. We call it ‘recareering.'”

The event will serve as a fundraiser and appreciation banquet for the seniors of Braxton’s Day Care.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling the center at 289-2421.

The public is asked to come out and honor the seniors in Demopolis and surrounding communities.