BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - More than 1,000 senior citizens attended the WLOX Senior Fair at the Biloxi Civic Center today. About 50 sponsors were on hand to give out information and prizes to the guests. Despite the fun nature of the event, many of the seniors have some real concerns about the future.
Seniors packed the civic center. They listened to music and registered for door prizes. They even exercised.
For some though, life is not that easy. Robley Turner, Jr. explained.
"I'm on a fixed income, and I got a wife and two children, and it's hard," said Turner.
Talk in Washington of cutting social security is a major concern for Curtis McDonald.
"Why would you mess with social security. People have worked all their lives looking forward to social security, and they want to deduct from that. That's wrong," McDonald implored.
The future of Medicare is troubling for seniors like Kathy Carr.
"If they start taking what we deserve and what we've earned away, I don't know how we're going to make it. Though we put money away and have retirement, everything goes up," Carr said.
David Henry is also worried.
"I pay Medicare $105 a month, but I don't use it. I don't know if Medicare will work in the future or not. It might run out of money. I don't know," said Henry.
On a whole, Americans are living longer than before. While you think that might be a cause for celebration, in some cases, it's not. Renee Fairley is a financial planner.
"The money that we thought we had saved up a while ago is not enough because of the living expenses are growing, that the tendency is that we run out of money," Fairley explained.
If that happens, many seniors are fearful of the one thing they thought they had left behind. That's the opinion of Jae Billiot.
"You never know when it's going to go. You know when they are going to stop everything. You know what, we'll have to go back to work," said Billiot.
Most are hoping that day never comes.
WLOX has sponsored senior fairs twice a year for the past four years.