Lawmakers and Organizations Representing Older Texans Talk About Priorities for Upcoming Session

NBC DFW 5 By Julie Fine Published December 12, 2022

Texas legislators met with organizations representing older adults Monday to discuss priorities for the upcoming legislative session.

Representatives Rhetta Andrews Bowers (D-Garland), Jessica Gonzalez (D-Dallas), Julie Johnson (D-Carrollton), Carl Sherman (D-Desoto) and staff members representing Rep. Jared Patterson (R-Frisco), State Senator Nathan Johnson (D-Dallas) and Congresswoman-Elect Jasmine Crockett (D-Dallas).

The lawmakers and staff heard from groups including The Senior Source, The Alzheimer’s Association, The Dallas Area Gerontological Society, Visiting Nurse Association of Texas and Secure Our Seniors Safety.

“Over time, each of us found each other and came together and realized something had to change,” said Shannon Dion, partner of Secure Our Seniors Safety. Dion says her mother was a victim of Billy Chemirmir and explained that members of the organization are made up of families who lost loved ones.

Chemirmir was twice found guilty of murder and charged with the killing of 22 seniors.

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