Struggling senior citizens face new financial challenges
6:09 PM, Oct 11, 2010
7:05 PM, Oct 11, 2010
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - For the second year in a row, the Social Security Administration
decided not to give a cost of living increase.
Eighty-four-year-old Vernal Simpson is on a fixed income. Social
Security is the only money she receives every month.
Simpson is disappointed she’ll have to survive with the
same amount she’s been getting.
“It’s hard trying to pay bills and make ends
meet,” said Simpson.
Jeanne Francis, a social worker at Bishop Sullivan Center in
Kansas City, Missouri. She sees seniors who are trying to
“They’re not spending a lot on food; a lot of them
have medications that they’re buying and not a lot on rent
and their money is tight,” Francis explained.
Francis recommends that seniors ask social service agencies for
She explained that Bishop Sullivan Center provides Groceries
once a month and utility companies have special programs to help
seniors pay their utility bills.
Jewish Family Services advises seniors to make sure they sign-up
for Medicaid Part D to reduce the cost of prescription drugs.
Seniors can also take advantage of food stamps, food pantries,
Bishop Sullivan Center and Jewish Family Services are also
asking people to find a struggling senior in their neighborhood and
help; or donate money to agencies that provide that help.
Vernal Simpson also cares for her two great, great
grandchildren; so despite not getting a raise from Social Security,
she plans to rely on the money she does get and her faith in God to
meet her needs.
For more information on how to get help or donate to Bishop
For information on how to get help or donate to Jewish Family