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Aging Commission sets time for televised forum; Group that looks out for the interests of older adults also confirmed new officers

Lawyer Robert McCrea, the new chair of the City of Roswell Commission on Aging. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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The City of Roswell Commission on Aging confirmed its slate of officers for the coming year and set a definitive date for a televised question-and-answer forum.

At a special meeting Wednesday afternoon, commission secretary Bonnie Montgomery said that the forum has been set for Monday, Aug. 28, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the First Baptist Church, 500 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
The forum also will air on cable channel 64 by CableOne.
Speakers will include Monica Duran, executive director of the Chaves County JOY Centers; Matt Thompson with the Adult Protective Services division of the New Mexico Department of Aging and Long-Term Services; and a representative with the Income Support Services division of the New Mexico Human Services Department.
The meeting also confirmed that lawyer Robert McCrea will serve as chair of the commission for the upcoming year. He was not present at the July 20 meeting where he was elected by other commission members.

McCrea said that his top priority for the year will be to continue the commission’s efforts to have local law enforcement work with the Alzheimer’s Association on its program to provide locator bracelets to the elderly or others at risk of wandering.
Lynne Ybarra, vice chair of the group, said another long-standing goal of the group is to work on having transportation to Albuquerque available for senior citizens.
Commission members also made their recommendations to Mayor Dennis Kintigh for two new members. The commission has been operating with five members, but four nominees for two additional seats have been given to Kintigh, with current members able to give their recommendations. Montgomery said that Kintigh is expected to select the additional members in September.
The next meeting of the group is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 21, at 3 p.m., at the Senior Circle, 2801 N. Main St.
Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.