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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.

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