Forty Senior Citizens Take A Message To The Governor

By: Heather Haley Email
By: Heather Haley Email

Budget cuts are something many across the commonwealth are concerned about and we'll soon find out where the governor wants to make those cuts.

Governor Beshear will be talking about the budget.

Forty elderly men and women met at the Hazard Senior Citizens Center Tuesday morning with a mission for their day.

They headed to Frankfort to surprise the governor and other officials with their message to help Kentucky's elderly.

Melissa Vermillion is the director of the Hazard, Perry County Senior Center.

She says she loves her job and enjoys helping the aging population in Eastern Kentucky, but is worried state budget cuts are going to make life harder on elderly.

“There may be a short fall but senior services and aging programs cannot take another cut and if anything we need increases in funding to accommodate new people that are daily coming into our program,” Melissa Vermillion said.

Dozens of senior citizens gathered at the center Tuesday morning, but many say they are actually headed to Frankfort for the elderly who cannot go.

“We're not just going down there for the fun of it, we're going to try and see if we can't get some help for these people that really need it,” Effie Wagers said.

Vermillion says there are more than 5-thousand people on a waiting list just to have hot meals delivered to them.

“We know that some of those people are going to end up in long term care, some of those people are going to die before they get the services they need,” Vermillion said.

The senior citizens that WYMT’s Heather Haley spoke with told said they wanted to stress that they don't believe funding for them is any more important than other groups, but they hope they don't have funding cuts to their ever-growing population.

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