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Thu May 31, 2012, 12:25 PM

Poverty, hunger among retirees increasing

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865556556/Poverty-hunger-among-retirees-increasing.html

Poverty, hunger among retirees increasing

Compiled by Elizabeth Stuart, Deseret News
Published: Tuesday, May 29 2012 9:55 a.m. MDT

For a growing number of Americans, retirement isn't about taking long-overdue vacations or spending long days in the sun playing golf; it's about scraping together enough money to pay for basics like food and housing.

The percentage of older people living below the poverty line has climbed steadily since 2005, according to a recent Employee Benefit Research Institute study. For Americans ages 65 to 74, poverty rates increased from 7.9 to 9.4 percent between 2005 and 2009. Among those ages 75 to 84, rates increased from 7.6 percent to 10.7 percent. Nearly 15 percent of the oldest retirees were living in poverty in 2009.

For many of America's oldest citizens, living below the poverty line translates into an empty belly. Over the last decade, the number of seniors experiencing hunger increased 80 percent, according to a new report from the Meals on Wheels Research Foundation. In 2010, more than one in seven skipped meals because of lack of money or expressed anxiety about not having enough food.
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Failing health drives poverty among the elderly, according to Employee Benefit Research Institute. Seventy percent of retirees who have fallen on hard times have suffered acute health conditions like cancer or heart problems, compared to 48 percent of those who live above the poverty line. Similarly, 96 percent of impoverished senior citizens have some sort of health condition, such as diabetes or arthritis. The same is true for just 61.7 percent of their wealthier peers.

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Reply Poverty, hunger among retirees increasing (Original post)
woo me with science May 2012 OP
coalition_unwilling May 2012 #1
LongTomH May 2012 #2
woo me with science May 2012 #3
jwirr May 2012 #4
woo me with science May 2012 #6
southernyankeebelle May 2012 #5
woo me with science May 2012 #8
southernyankeebelle May 2012 #10
woo me with science May 2012 #14
southernyankeebelle May 2012 #22
girl gone mad May 2012 #18
southernyankeebelle May 2012 #19
Worried senior May 2012 #7
woo me with science May 2012 #9
southernyankeebelle May 2012 #11
Egalitarian Thug May 2012 #12
bigtree May 2012 #13
woo me with science May 2012 #17
southernyankeebelle May 2012 #20
woo me with science May 2012 #24
southernyankeebelle May 2012 #25
bigtree May 2012 #23
southernyankeebelle May 2012 #26
bigtree May 2012 #27
southernyankeebelle May 2012 #29
Tanuki May 2012 #15
NNN0LHI May 2012 #16
southernyankeebelle May 2012 #21
RebelOne May 2012 #28
countryjake May 2012 #30

Response to woo me with science (Original post)

Thu May 31, 2012, 12:32 PM

1. 23% of American children live at or below the poverty line. And 1% of the population

 

controls 40% of the wealth and 10% controls 80% of the wealth.

Sick, I tell you, absolutely sick.

Yesterday, I was dismissed here as an "Occupy fetishist." So there you have it.

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Response to coalition_unwilling (Reply #1)

Thu May 31, 2012, 12:37 PM

2. I think most people on DU are with you, whatever negative comments were made!

The way we treat both our seniors and children is obscene by any decent standard!

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Response to coalition_unwilling (Reply #1)

Thu May 31, 2012, 12:45 PM

3. It is obscene and immoral,

and I also cringe to see the right-wing crap that is welcome on DU now.

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Response to woo me with science (Original post)

Thu May 31, 2012, 12:58 PM

4. One of the ironies of the last raise in Social Security is that as we got the raise they lowered our

food stamps by the same amont. IMO the cola is a joke.

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Response to jwirr (Reply #4)

Thu May 31, 2012, 01:04 PM

6. Yup. The "raise" was also offset by increases

in Medicare charges.

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Response to woo me with science (Original post)

Thu May 31, 2012, 01:02 PM

5. It's to bad that the tea party doesn't want to realize these stats. If they only understand

 

why these safety nets were put there in the first place to help the elderly we wouldn't be going through this hell. Families aren't stepping up to take care of their elderly because they have their own immediate families to worry about financially. I know I don't want my son and his wife to take care of me and my husband. I don't know any elderly that don't want to be independent financially.

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Response to southernyankeebelle (Reply #5)

Thu May 31, 2012, 02:22 PM

8. Why are you limiting this discussion to the Tea Party?

We have had a Democratic President for almost four years, who gives speeches in favor of austerity budgets.

This is a bipartisan problem.

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #8)

Thu May 31, 2012, 02:35 PM

10. It's the republican party that blocks everything the president wants to do.

 

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Response to southernyankeebelle (Reply #10)

Thu May 31, 2012, 02:47 PM

14. What does he want to do? nt



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Response to woo me with science (Reply #14)

Thu May 31, 2012, 03:16 PM

22. What are you drinking? LOL

 

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Response to southernyankeebelle (Reply #10)

Thu May 31, 2012, 03:04 PM

18. Thank god they blocked him when he was willing to make severe cuts..

to end the phony debt ceiling crisis.

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Response to girl gone mad (Reply #18)

Thu May 31, 2012, 03:07 PM

19. yep. agree

 

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Response to woo me with science (Original post)

Thu May 31, 2012, 01:20 PM

7. I wonder how

many of the tea partiers are receiving any of these benefits. The ones that say they never too advantage of a government hand-out.

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Response to Worried senior (Reply #7)

Thu May 31, 2012, 02:26 PM

9. It's not just the Tea Party that has done this.

Democrats have been pushing austerity, too.

You cannot solve a problem if you refuse to acknowledge it.

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #9)

Thu May 31, 2012, 02:38 PM

11. Why don't you go and tell the republicans in the house and senate. Then maybe we will agree with

 

you. I remember the first 2 yrs putting in hand out and all he got was McConnell saying "Our mission is to make the president a one term president". Did you forget that?

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Response to woo me with science (Original post)

Thu May 31, 2012, 02:39 PM

12. Sad, outrageous, criminal.

 

So when do we take action? So far I'm hearing no ideas from the D's and plans to make it even worse from the R's and an idiot Texan (redundant, I know) is the standard bearer for the disenfranchised.

WTF? Are there really so few rational people left here that this is the best we can do?

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Response to woo me with science (Original post)

Thu May 31, 2012, 02:42 PM

13. between 2005 and 2009

Bush years . . . fail, Woo

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Response to bigtree (Reply #13)

Thu May 31, 2012, 03:01 PM

17. Read more carefully.


The article doesn't end with that sentence. I even bolded some parts for you, anticipating this sort of spin.

Please feel free to post all the marvelous evidence you have that seniors are doing better.

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #17)

Thu May 31, 2012, 03:13 PM

20. I'm worried what are the proposals from the republicans. So far tax breaks for the corporations and

 

rich hasn't helped anyone. What are they going to do to replace the Affordable Health Care act? Now you got them worried about it that even West said some of Obama's AHC is good and we need to keep. But no they aren't going to do anything.

You have to like COMPROMISE. The dems have tried and tried. You need to tell your buddies in congress to start COMPROMISE. It isn't a dirty word. I don't blame the dems. They have and are trying to get them to work.

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Response to southernyankeebelle (Reply #20)

Thu May 31, 2012, 03:46 PM

24. Oh, the corporate Democrats "compromise" when it comes to austerity budgets, all right.

A more accurate word for it is "collusion." And it will continue until we get the corporate money out of both parties. This is a systemic problem, and it has to do with bought politicians and the replacement of national goals with corporate goals....that is, the replacement of human vision with dollar signs.

Of course Republicans are worse. That's how the one percent keep us voting for corporate, right-leaning Democrats. It's so easy to get people to vote for right-wing policies when the only other candidate is offering even scarier right-wing policies.

Voting is not enough anymore. We are in serious trouble as a nation precisely because we can't get a unified opposition to policies that are clearly destructive and immoral. This country has enormous wealth. There is NO excuse that children, or old people, or anyone in the United States of America goes to bed worrying about his/her next meal, or shelter, or basic medical care. NO excuse.

No, the answer isn't more "compromise." The answer is standing up en masse against what is wrong no matter what fucking party it is coming from.











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Response to woo me with science (Reply #24)

Thu May 31, 2012, 03:53 PM

25. Well I will agree with you on the collusion part. The sad thing I see in our future is if they cut

 

more from the safety net from the elderly and children and not raise any taxes it will be hell in the streets. We will see what is going on in Greece to some extent happen here. Just like when the students were shot at Ohio State. That when enough was enough and finally the congress listened. I am afraid someone will get shot in the streets and it will bring more people out and more people will get hurt. Maybe then congress will listen.

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #17)

Thu May 31, 2012, 03:28 PM

23. it was more of a personal critique, woo

. . . this is a trend which began in 2007 and is obviously heightened by our present economy. It's a sad reflection of our dithering politicians of all stripes.

I did jump to what I suspected was your conclusion, tho . . . reflex action, based on your pattern of posting.

That child poverty stat from UNICEF is sobering. Wonder if Congress will notice or care?

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Response to bigtree (Reply #23)

Thu May 31, 2012, 03:55 PM

26. Why would they care. They don't care about our own poor in this country. Just see where all the

 

cuts are going to come.

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Response to southernyankeebelle (Reply #26)

Thu May 31, 2012, 04:02 PM

27. let's not lose sight of this election

and it's political effect, one way or the other, on Congress.

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Response to bigtree (Reply #27)

Thu May 31, 2012, 04:09 PM

29. Your right. I just get mad when I think there are people in this country going to bed

 

in pain and very hungry. What happened to america's humanity? We have lost our way. I think god has given up on us. Our ministers, rabbis and priests are to damn busy getting involved in politics to be helping the people they need to help.

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Response to woo me with science (Original post)

Thu May 31, 2012, 02:52 PM

15. Fewer people have pensions now, so this will be getting worse.

Many of the unions have done their best to provide for their members' retirement, and union membership per capita is down.

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Response to woo me with science (Original post)

Thu May 31, 2012, 02:54 PM

16. That almost describes my wife and I

We have gotten used to it though.

We went through a lot of hard times over the past 30 years when it was a lot worse than it is now so this is kind of normal for us.

We survived Reagan and the useful idiots who voted for him, so we can survive anything now.

Don

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Response to NNN0LHI (Reply #16)

Thu May 31, 2012, 03:15 PM

21. Yes, People think Reagan was a god. He wasn't. My 78 yr father-in-law use to say Reagan is an

 

actor playing an actor at the white house. He never fooled him. He was a retired service man with 24 yrs of working as a grunt. He could spot a liar out right.

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Response to woo me with science (Original post)

Thu May 31, 2012, 04:06 PM

28. I am retired, and currently do not need food stamps.

But if food prices keep escalating, I may have to get food stamps.

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Response to woo me with science (Original post)

Thu May 31, 2012, 06:05 PM

30. K&R!

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