Older Americans Day in Dothan

The City of Dothan hosted their annual Older Americans Day to offer a free day out for seniors in the Wiregrass.

Lee Phillips enjoys spending time with his wife and fishing, but Wednesday reeling in the big catch is more than just a hobby.

He is like many senior citizens in the Wiregrass who now have to make their fixed incomes stretch a little further.

"As our economy continues to struggle, senior citizens in our area are faced with decisions they've never had to make before," said Robert Crowder, SARCOA director. "They have to choose between prescriptions and food and some choose not to take them as prescribed."

Some senior citizens are watching the savings they're depending on to live, dwindle as the economy declines.

"Our retirement is tied to the stock market and that's going down so our income is going down," says Winfred McSween.

For now, seniors are depending on government help to make ends meet and making the best of what could be a long-term problem.

Some of the seniors we spoke with on Wednesday said they're making it, but have to skip traveling they always looked forward to during their retirement. And, many of them are in fact not purchasing prescriptions drugs they need to stay healthy.

Local organizations like SARCOA work to help senior citizens stretch their incomes to cover all their needs, including helping them find low cost alternatives for prescription drugs.

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