What Does Economic Struggle Look Like?
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Lack of economical security and uncertainty with Social security income is effecting millions of elderly around the counterySam Staten Island, NY
It means that when I get to be a senior I will have to decide whether to buy food or medicine or have a place to live. This shouldn't happen to our seniors.Doria Reynoldsburg, OH
RA is an elderly lady in Henefer, Ut living on Social Security. She pays about a third of her monthly income to get her services through the Medicaid program. The other two thirds of her small income goes for food and bills related to her older home expenses. She volunteers weekly at the Sr. Center in Coalville to help with the quilting project for the Primary Children's Hospital. She is a great asset to our community and does not deserve having her golden years stressed and miserable. KS is an elderly lady that has been an active member in her community all her life. She has always taken care of her two disabled sons. She is now disabled herself and they are trying to take care of her. The three of them live on less than $1000.00 a month. Without the services provided for from these government programs she would die and her two sons would be living on the streets. EA is an 90 + widow who is taking care of her disabled daughter and granddaughter. They also live on a meager income of Social Security. They have always been self sufficient and worked as they were able. Now their disabilities have made it impossible to do that. Without the assistance they are getting with Medicaid and Medicare they would be indigent or dead. RVA and VC are clients that live in a government subsidized building. Without the government housing assistance they would both either not be able to be in their own apartments or eat. Just not enough income for both. I could go on with 30 plus more examples of people needing these programs. I agree these programs need to be tightened up some, but not they way that is being proposed.linda oakley, UT
Let me tell you that the outlook for seniors in this country is really grim. By the time we figure out what to pay, our money is depleted.We have had no raise in SS in the past 2 years and we (seniors) certainly could use one. then it has been one thingSharon Long Pond, PA
Looks like retirement is a real stretch, but I can't find a job. I'm 71.Judith Geneva, NY
My uncle is 73 & I am a caregiver to him. He cuts his medicine in half to save money for utilities but wears long underwear to keep warm because utilities are too high to pay. Now with gas a $4.00 a gallon he doesn't go anywhere except to the grocery store and bank. Worked his whole life too. His health insurance keeps going up too and just squeezing him to death financially. I too am having it tough as I live in chronic pain and that combined with pain killers makes it difficult to work & make ends meet. Thank you!David Redwood City, CA
Prices keep going up, up ,up and for 2 years we received no COLA. How do we decide to pay which bill or not pay a bill so we can buy food.Patricia Deltona, FL
Precious little health care! Barely able to make it on Social Security as it is without further cuts! We can't treat seniors like this.Elizabeth Sebastopol, CA
Out of control health care costs have eliminated our retirement accounts, forced us to incur second mortgages on our homes, and choose between paying everyday living costs or huge balances owed medical facilities that overcharge for their services.Bill Carlsbad, CA
No cost of living increase in S.S. for two years but everything else is rising dramtically. I have a small pension from work and of course S.S plus my husband's. Every year now we struggle to pay the bills, insur, taxes, buy food and meds and we're not sure how much longer this can go on. The little i've saved is dwindling down rapidly. We are VERY frugal; using coupons etc. It's to the point I don't even want to buy a new pair of shoes that I definitely need. We have given up a lot.......at least let us have our yearly increase! Many are worse than us but we are not doing well at all.Darlene Miami, FL