Older Americans have tough time during downturn - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Older Americans have tough time during downturn

By Len Kiese - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –While they should be enjoying their later years, many older Americans are struggling to make ends meet during the recession.

Already on fixed incomes, the changing economy isn't helping. More senior citizens are crowding soup kitchens and food pantries because of dwindling retirement funds and wiped out nest eggs.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the number of seniors living alone who sought help from pantries increased 81-percent last year. For the first time in years, there won't be an increase in social security for the coming year.

"When prices go up and medical care goes up and everything, it's just very, very difficult for them to get by. I'm seeing and hearing a lot of older people who are having trouble getting by because of the economy," said Kay Hind with the Sowega Council on Aging.

The Sowega Council on Aging does their best to help despite a dwindling budget. Last month they used the last of $300,000 in stimulus money for their meals program. Now they're really counting on donations.

If you'd like to help, call 229-432-1124. They're also looking for people to adopt seniors for Christmas. You can help make the holidays brighter for a senior who may not receive a gift otherwise.

©2009 WALB News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.  Feedback

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Pelham street signs will soon go up to honor State Championship team

    Pelham street signs will soon go up to honor State Championship team

    Thursday, March 30 2017 11:03 AM EDT2017-03-30 15:03:00 GMT
    (Source:WALB)(Source:WALB)

    The votes are in and Pelham has officially revealed it's new street signs honoring the girl's basketball state championship teams. The city polled community members on it's facebook page with two different designs.

    More >>

    The votes are in and Pelham has officially revealed it's new street signs honoring the girl's basketball state championship teams. The city polled community members on it's facebook page with two different designs.

    More >>
  • Sumter Co. Fire Dept. fights blaze at home

    Sumter Co. Fire Dept. fights blaze at home

    Thursday, March 30 2017 10:50 AM EDT2017-03-30 14:50:21 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Sumter County Fire & Rescue is on scene of a house fire off Highway 280 East. 

    More >>

    Sumter County Fire & Rescue is on scene of a house fire off Highway 280 East. 

    More >>
  • Making Marines: A full day at Parris Island

    Making Marines: A full day at Parris Island

    Thursday, March 30 2017 7:57 AM EDT2017-03-30 11:57:58 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    WALB's Re-Essa Buckels got her first full day of Marine Recruit Depot bootcamp at Parris Island, South Carolina. Buckels was invited to attend Marine Corps Educator's Workshop to study how Marines are made. A Marine says "You have just taken the first step at becoming a member of the world's finest fighting force." Sixty educators, some from Jacksonville, some from Baton Rouge lined up on the legendary yellow footprints; the first place all recruits stop, be...

    More >>

    WALB's Re-Essa Buckels got her first full day of Marine Recruit Depot bootcamp at Parris Island, South Carolina to study how Marines are made. Sixty educators, some from Jacksonville, some from Baton Rouge, lined up on the legendary yellow footprints; the first place all recruits stop.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly