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Seniors Celebrate at Dothan Civic Center

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

The Dothan civic center was turned into the Land of Oz Wednesday celebrating the 24th annual Older Americans Day.

Thousands of senior citizens filled the seats and danced away.

Geraldine Puckett says, “It helps me because I don't have that much to do at home and it takes my spare time and I can get out and mix with the people and really enjoy it.”

About 2500 seniors roamed the civic center, nabbing information about their health and enjoying some live music. Each year, Sarcoa puts on the event, drawing thousands of young at hearts. Organizers say it’s a way to get them active in the community.

Robert Crowder says, "There's a lot of opportunities for our seniors to come in and visit with our sponsors and find out about current things that are available to them that might help them living at home and staying at home.”

For a lot of seniors, meet and greets are what the whole event is about.

Carol Hara says, “I enjoy seeing all the seniors, that's like me and their faces when they light up and today, I am the tin man.”

Odell Stanphill says, "Seeing a lot of friends, my wife and I come and we meet our friends here."

Organizers say seniors came out from across seven counties to attend today's festivities.


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