Seniors' opinions to be solicited at two meetings next week

October 29, 1999

The Columbia Association plans to conclude its survey of senior citizens next week, so it is offering Columbia residents older than 60 two more opportunities to voice their opinions.

Topics such as public safety, employment and volunteer opportunities, housing, transportation and social activities are on the agenda for meetings Monday at East Columbia Senior Center, 6600 Cradlerock Way, and Nov. 6 at Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. Both meetings are from 10 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m.

"The Columbia Association wanted to get a better handle on the interests and needs of seniors in Columbia and design programs that better meet those needs," said Dick Kirchner, chairman of the association's Senior Advisory Committee.

The panel is concerned that the percentage of older residents engaged in community programs is not very high. In February, the Columbia Council allotted $10,000 for an assessment of the needs of senior citizens.

The Howard County Office on Aging estimates that 9,000 of the county's 25,000 senior citizens live in Columbia's 10 villages.

Senior citizens may leave a message requesting free transportation from the Columbia Senior Transportation Service at 410-715-3087.

Information: 410-995-0125.

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