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Town Hall Meeting with Lt. Gov Candidates Friday, October 15th

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October 15, 2010
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Lt. Governor Bauer asks candidates, seniors, public to join him Friday in Greenville

Lt. Governor Andr? Bauer has invited both candidates vying to succeed him as head of South Carolina?s Office on Aging to join him in discussions across the state to address the topics that are most important to meeting the needs of a growing elderly population.

Bauer will hold three town hall-style listening sessions in mid-October to hear from senior citizens, as well as those with an interest in senior issues, to determine what our state?s priorities should be in delivering services to older South Carolinians.

The last will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the Greenville County Council Chambers, 301 University Ridge (County Square), Conference Room D. Greenville.

?Over the years, I have found these sessions to be crucial to learning which senior issues I need to be fighting for,? Bauer said. ?I will use the information gained at these meetings to prepare a transition report for the incoming Lt. Governor. It is most important that the new leader of the Office on Aging be well versed on all the issues facing seniors so that the minute he is sworn in he will be prepared to make the decisions that affect our most seasoned citizens.?

Sessions are also scheduled for Oct. 11 in Charleston and Oct. 14 in Florence.

Seniors will be asked their opinion on how to prioritize dwindling state resources among such essential services as personal and financial safety, home and community based services that delay or prevent more costly institutional care, and enhancing access to health care.

Both candidates for the office of Lt. Governor -- Democrat Ashley Cooper of Charleston and Republican Ken Ard of Florence -- have been invited to all listening sessions to discuss senior issues and help seniors understand how they will approach their duties as head of the Office on Aging. Lt. Governor Bauer will moderate these discussions.

Personnel from the Lt. Governor?s Office on Aging will provide guidance and assistance to seniors who will be making their personal choices regarding Medicare insurance coverage in the open enrollment period that runs from November 15 through December 31.

These are the latest in a series of listening sessions Lt. Governor Bauer has held in recent years that have allowed seniors to be briefed on scams and schemes, Medicare and Medicaid health care issues, and wellness and prevention.

The locations and times for next week?s listening sessions are as follows:

Monday, October 11

Mt. Pleasant Senior Center

Thomasena Stokes-Marshall Building

840 Von Kolnitz Road

Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464


Thursday, October 14

Poynor Adult Education Center Auditorium

301 S. Dargan Street

Florence, SC 29506


Friday, October 15

Greenville County Council Chambers

301 University Ridge (County Square), Conference Room D

Greenville, SC 29601


Greenville County Council Chambers
301 University Ridge (County Square) Conf. Room D
Greenville, South Carolina 29601
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