What Does Economic Struggle Look Like?
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I have no "extras" in my life--just the basics--and gas for the car is a problem. I can't afford to get sick!Ann Littleton, MA
I have cut way back on the variety of food I buy since I don't get cost of living increases. I usually eat rice, canned meat, and canned green beans. I eat very little fresh fruit and I can't afford fresh vegetables or meat.Nicole New Orleans, LA
I have a mom on a fixed income that barely covers her monthly living expenses. Any changes in oil prices (not only for her vehicle but she is also on oil for heat) affect her monthly budget greatly. Anything extra that she has to pay out of pocket for a medical expense, utilities, etc can break her. It is sad that hard working people are left so close to financial crisis in their later life.Kathy Everett, WA
i can't eat like i used to, now i must chose inexpensive things to eat. i used to drink alot of milk and eat alot of fresh veggies, but no more. food is outrageous!Sherry Owego, NY
My husband and I are both 60 years old trying to assist our mothers, 80 and 88 and a 92 year old aunt with no children. It has taken a toll on the family finances. They all live in rural town in another state about about 200 miles away from us. My mother and aunt are both frail and need some in home assistance with housekeeping and services are limited. There is such a disparity in the services available to seniors living in various places within the United States, especially the rural areas. A study of services available and more assistance in the rural service areas should be provided for those senior residents as well. It is surely a story of the have and the have nots. Some states and local areas have various senior services and some barely have any. Why is that? Who determines the needs in various locations and are there any assessments being done to end the disparity? Are the services provided identified by the state area on aging or is it up to the local area on aging?Berthell Fort Washington, MD
I can no longer buy food. I need to pay about $30 a month for necessary medications after Medicare Part D is done computing. I am struggling to buy essentials like replacing worn, disintegrating clothing and shoes, toothpaste, laundry and skin soap, shampoo, and other similar necessities.Marian Seattle, WA
I barely make it from one Social security check to the other with the cuts made to my food stamps ,my housing utilities allowance and fuel assistance .Linda Fall River, MA
I am one illness away from financial problems as I am still working at age 70. I am at the donuthole before the end of the year and one name brand perscription away form added costs I can't afford either. I need more medical help not less.Peter Sugarloaf, CA
I am lucky to have found a job after the company that I worked for 15 years shut their doors. However, I do not make enough after paying for health care and even refinancing my very humble home to meet my bills and pay for food and gas. I am depleting a modest savings account each month in order to live. My savings will end, but the problem will not and I see no way out for me.Laura Woodland Park, CO
I am in dire straits and, at 78, may soon be living on the streets of Los Angeles. I am an unemployed actor with inadequate fixed income of $1550 monthly. I must move in a month, but have nowhere to go and no funds for the move. I am desperate and have nowhere to turn, even though I will be onstage in a fine showcase play here for the next 6 weeks. Hidden behind this triumph will be my personal tragedy. I must turn to others and beg for help. That's my only alternative.Barry Los Angeles, CA