Texarkana senior citizens featured in ‘ArkLaTex 60 Strong’ calendar


TEXARKANA, Texas (KTAL/KMSS) – Twelve Texarkana area residents in their 60s will be featured as “pinups” in a special 2022 calendar that highlights East Texas area events, entertainment, and activities and benefits local meals on wheels charities.

Nominated by friends and family, a panel of celebrity judges selected the inspirational seniors who exemplify that life after age 60 can be a positive, vibrant and active time. Many of the winners are overcoming chronic illnesses, accomplishing notable athletic feats, and devoting their lives to helping others.

“60 Strong is a program about grit and resilience, it’s about saying ‘I can,’ rather than, ‘I can’t,'” said Lisa Stafford, a spokesperson for the public service program dedicated to senior wellness. “These are all people in their 60s, and they’re all practicing health and fitness.”

One of the winners has run over 80 marathons. Another winner has dedicated her life to caring and cooking for her senior neighbors. Another winner was injured in a tragic accident and was told she would never walk again. Stafford says she is now running eight to ten miles on weekends.

Stafford says they all have a unique story to tell and prove that life in your sixties can be a vibrant and active time.

“They’re all giving back to the community and many of them have overcome major obstacles in their life.”

One of the chosen ambassadors, Rose Criner, is a breast cancer survivor. She says she walks five miles every morning to stay healthy. Criner is a retired nurse, who says she is now back in the classroom.

“I’ve worked at Saint Michael’s and a local clinic here,” Criner said. “Now that I’m going to school, I’m looking into getting into social working to help others.”

The calendar will be available in early November and will cost $15. Proceeds from the calendar will benefit Meals on Wheels of America thru Senior Citizens Services of Texarkana Inc., Meals on Wheels Ministry, Inc, and David E. Boone, Sr. Ministries, Inc.

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