East Texas senior citizens enjoy a day of fun at Lufkin's Mayfest

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Booths lined the walls of the Pister Garrison Civic Center in downtown Lufkin as part of the annual Mayfest celebration, all wanting to help East Texas' most valuable residents; senior citizens.

"We want the participants to stay active. We want them to have good information. We have the health fair. We have vendors that have come out and brought out informational material for the participants," said Donna Sprouse with the Area Agency on Aging.

"It keeps us updated on new medical equipment, nursing homes and different health facilities," said Floy Griffey.

Bingo seemed to be the game of choice but others would try their luck at 42.

In keeping with the theme of "Grooving back to the 70's" a quartet sang some of the hits from the era.

Those attending met many new friends but also ran into old ones as well.

"We run into a bunch of friends we have known forever. When you've been around a while, you know a bunch of people," said Gene Jones.

You get to visit and socialize and see people you don't get to see very often," said Griffey.

"It gets them to socialize and see other people and that's important for them because a lot of them are isolated and we don't want them to become isolated in their homes," said Ministry in Action Living Center's Norma Barlow Hodge.

Organizers and care takers both hope all of these events make their day a little brighter.

About 150 balloons were released at the event in memory of the elderly that have been abused over the last year in Angelina and Nacogdoches County.

The advocates from Adult Protective Services participated in a memory walk from regions bank to the convention center to honor the elderly that lost their lives to abuse.

"A lot of the public here does not know that adult protective services exist and they don't understand that the elderly are abused or exploited and that they are keeping it to themselves so the more awareness the better the elderly will be able to make a report if needed," said APS Community Specialist, Stephanie Williams.

Organizers are calling this years' event a success. Approximately 450 residents attended the event.

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