Walking for seniors in Monroe County

AMORY – Teri Swezey walked through downtown Amory on Thursday, June 7, on her way from North Carolina to California, part of an effort to raise awareness and funds for the needs of the elderly and their caregivers, especially in rural areas.

Swezey began her journey on April 1 and will finish in October. She chose a deliberately rural route and has been stopping at senior centers. She’s becoming known as the “Propeller Lady” because of her unique method of trying to signal her presence on busy roads.

Swezey, who is 57, says she’s enjoying the walk though she worries about dogs, snakes and sometimes careless drivers.

She is actively seeking sponsors to help with both the walk and her new organization, SOAR (Seniors Obtaining Assistance and Resources, Inc.). She has applied for 501 (c) 3 status. Through SOAR, she hopes to raise $180,000 to help seniors with medication co-pays as well as to fund meals on wheels programs and relief services for caregivers.

Readers can follow her adventure on Twitter at @SOARFeat2012 or see walkusa4soar.org.