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According to K.I.R.O radio,the number of Senior Citizens will double by 2025 in the Seattle area.Housing for the elderly now is difficult to find now. Imagine housing problems then.

Thousands of folks my age, had careers in retail or small business, many folks over 62
live check to check. Many reasons caused folks my age to have little in savings.A 70 something lady was interviewed on the radio. Senior citizens homes ARE here,but the
cost is too high for many.One place close to where I live,is a very nice place for active
and not so active seniors.Monthly rent is $2,200 a month.The lady on the radio said
she was tied to her apartment. She spends most of her day looking for cheaper apartments. Public housing has a waiting list of two years at least.

I know of a 66 year old who cleans houses for a living.You should see her face at the end of a day.

In many societies, The elderly would live with their kids. Honor and respect is expected
to be given them. Now,the children of the elderly,have their own problems.I see elderly
men with signs begging for money all the time. Soon elderly women will be begging as
well.

The collaspe of the middle class means no"golden years" for many.Someone close to me,is loosing her house. She had savings,but her daughter needed help and she got it.
Now my elderly relative demonstrates products two days a week for $10 dollars an hour. She has Social Security has the rest of her income.

Something is very wrong in a Society that does not offer housing and care for their citizens. Prisoners get help in jail,If I want to move into a senior living place, I better
sign up now. The waiting time for Veterans is at least two years in Washington state.

We need in this society,to spend money on housing now for Seniors. We need to know
WE are becoming the senior citizen.I know the 1%crowd has many options as they age.
"Life happens",I know of no seniors who wanted to be broke when they reached old age.Our priority needs changing right now.The "perfect storm" is here now. Elect people who are aware of our housing crisis in this country. Lets give builders tax incentivies to build low to middle class Senior living homes.

If you and your parents have enough money to be sure no one will go without basic
needs,thats great. If,however,your parent or parents need a proper home,we as a society,need housing and medical care for them.

Our nation has a huge budget. We needto change priorites,and take care of our own.

Human rights mean taking care of all our citizens.

I don"t want to see your parents begging on the side of the road.WE as people are better than that.

Originally posted to Vet 65 on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 10:33 PM PST.

Also republished by Sustainable Senior Living and Aging In Community.

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    Social activist, nutrition and exercise advice,long distance runner, Writer.

    by Vet63 on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 10:33:55 PM PST

  •  check out western New York state... (2+ / 0-)
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    Vet63, ladybug53

    Their is a ton of low cost housing.

    I was repeatedly turned away from places because I made too much.  Which is not to say I made a lot.  But they have a lot of open units.  

    •  Konan (2+ / 0-)
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      ladybug53, salmo

      Wow! you are unique, I should check other states as well.
      Maybe Washingtin State is unique in the fact that we have so little housing,
      Thanks for sharing,
      Mike

      Social activist, nutrition and exercise advice,long distance runner, Writer.

      by Vet63 on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 01:33:14 AM PST

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      •  Mobility is not necessarily a good answer (0+ / 0-)

        Being a geezer myself, I know several seniors, mostly women, who live in subsidized housing for around $500/month (including utilities).  There are apparently some vacancies around the Southern Maine area.  I agree though, that housing is going to be a bigger problem as boomers move into retirement in ever larger numbers.

        Moving may be needed, but it is hardly a panacea.  For one thing, moving away from friends and family isolates people who may not be able to develop alternative support systems.  Right now I am still able to be very active, but I am keenly aware that this will not go on forever.  I had three friends die last year, and I have a couple more acquaintances who are approaching the stage where those they love have that talk about the car keys.  At some point, we just aren't very mobile.  

  •  boomers are the sandwich generation (4+ / 0-)
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    worldlotus, ladybug53, swampyankee, salmo

    frequently taking in aging parents while having their kids and their kids returning home after a divorce or job loss or whatever, with 4 generations with wildly varying needs for each generation.
    At the same time, the boomer generation is also still working so the new or renewed tasks are just tacked on.

    Average retiring worker has around $170K in savings with only minimum wager "greeter" jobs available to many folks. Most of that savings is in the form of home equity.

    Sadder thing is that average worker has less than $70K in savings with 50% having $7K or less.  SS is no longer a social safety net and is instead the major retirement vehicle for many folks since most companies have gone to 401Ks instead of defined benefits pensions.

    Assuming the average retiree has the chance of seeing a return to 2007-2009 where the DJIA may lose 40% of value, it seems the average retiree needs anywhere from $1M-$1.5M in investments to ensure the national average income of around $45K-$50K is guaranteed against any future "corrections"

  •  As the old real estate adage goes, location,... (3+ / 0-)
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    etc. etc.  It really does depend on where you live as to what types of publicly funded housing there is.  In a place, like AZ, known for its' retiree population, they have a lot of units, but a Long waiting list.  Now, next door in New Mexico, not so much housing but much shorter list.  Some places may be so of the beaten path that you can actually still get a Sec. 8 rent waiver AND find a landlord that will take it.....and your pet.

    ~Arianna_Editrix-- I willingly accept Cassandra’s fate, To speak the truth, altho’ believ’d too late

    by Arianna Editrix on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 01:54:53 AM PST

    •  Arianna Editrix (1+ / 0-)
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      You and other folks are saying there ARE places to live as a senior.I have no argument with that,but there are trhousands
      of folks all alone,aged,and they have no money to move with.
      We need housing and care for them.
      thanks for your message,
      Mike

      Social activist, nutrition and exercise advice,long distance runner, Writer.

      by Vet63 on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 06:06:07 AM PST

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  •  Sorry to Hear It (3+ / 0-)
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    I don't know how this will turn out.

    The Boomers were actually a very conservative voting cohort who spent decades voting to decrease their own quality of life. It's not a surprise that at the end of life there is little left for them.

    "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

    by bink on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 02:43:04 AM PST

    •  I am a Boomer (3+ / 0-)
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      swampyankee, Vet63, salmo

      and never voted against my own interests, although I have voted for people who then turned on me. Don't broad brush. I live in a University town so there is a difference that might come with that.

      And I am sandwiched now, mother living in her own  home at age 94 (!!!!) and 25 y/o daughter living with me, in my paid-off home. My sister, 59, is the primary caregiver for my mother; she pays the bills, intercepts the mail, talks to the social network, such as it is. And my mother's situation is over 600 miles south of me. For me, that is a constant worry. And my boomer sister has no income, except some artwork, and all she got out of the divorce was a paid-off house. And a daughter who is moving to Dubai to be a flight attendant for Emirates Airlines, because she is pretty and can speak english.

      Life is grand. I certainly can sell some real estate, but why? I cannot envision apartment living for more $$$ than my two retired mortgages took. Someone(s) painted us boomers into a corner.

      Americans, while occasionally willing to be serfs, have always been obstinate about being peasantry. F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Great Gatsby

      by riverlover on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 04:19:14 AM PST

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      •  riverlover (0+ / 0-)

        I am happy for you.Many folks over 65 have few options.I guess I am speaking for the lower end money wise.No one
        should be homeless,especially seniors.
        Mike

        Social activist, nutrition and exercise advice,long distance runner, Writer.

        by Vet63 on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 06:17:25 AM PST

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      •  I am a Boomer, (1+ / 0-)
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        ...still working.  I contribute $800-$1000 a month to my Mom's care because she only has Social Security and that is not enough for any sort of elder care.

        My daughter is a good kid and doing a great job of taking care of herself, so I don't have that responsibility.

        •  I would help with my mother's care (0+ / 0-)

          if I knew she needed it. My mother is making over $2K on SS , in a paid off house that is falling apart. She never leaves the house except to open the front door to get her Books on Tape. As I stated, my sister has POA, she is more in touch with potential estate $$ and long-term care.

          Good for you to contirbute. I took checkbooks and cash down and then used pretty much nothing.

          True, my mother will never be homeless, unless her two daughters are dead before her and something Bad happens. And she is in the system, social workers, etc, so she may be able to stay safe.

          Americans, while occasionally willing to be serfs, have always been obstinate about being peasantry. F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Great Gatsby

          by riverlover on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 05:34:38 AM PST

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    •  yeah i'm with ya bink (2+ / 0-)
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      screw them old people, they will get what they deserve by god! those lousy smelly old people!
      good to see someone with the guts to say it outloud here!
      bravo!

      gah

      this very poor /snark is brought to you by an outraged almost old person, kinda old anyway. i'm just too incensed to respond properly so plz forgive me

      •  dennis 1958 (0+ / 0-)

        Huh?

        Social activist, nutrition and exercise advice,long distance runner, Writer.

        by Vet63 on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 06:19:05 AM PST

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        •  hi vet63 (0+ / 0-)

          i know, it wasnt a very good post. i just get upset whenever i see us older folks all lumped together like that.
          there are soo many of us older folks who have been fighting and voting against the radical right for decades and decades. i saw an implication that us older folks have no one to blame but ourselves in the post that i replied to and it got my dander up a bit.

    •  blink (0+ / 0-)

      That is why we need housing and care for them.
      Thanks for your thought,
      Mike

      Social activist, nutrition and exercise advice,long distance runner, Writer.

      by Vet63 on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 06:08:33 AM PST

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  •  Boomers do not go down quietly (2+ / 0-)
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    Throughout our lives we have protested and made trouble and demanded change. It doesn't always come quickly, but it comes.

    Example: Forcing medical professionals to change HIV treatments, and to do the biopsy and then wake us up so we could talk about it before just doing a radical mastectomy. Abortion rights, for that matter. Breaking thousands of glass ceilings. LGBTQ rights.

    I expect that we will continue to reshape the services available to us as we age.

    My bigger concern, frankly, is that we will not have a livable planet to do it on. I fully intend to stick around and bother people for another 35 years or so, but the conditions for an ecologically sustainable life look more and more iffy.  

  •  Welcome to Orange Geezers, aka (0+ / 0-)

    Sustainable Senior Living, Vet63! Welcome aboard!

    Follow Connect! Unite! Act! MeetUp events! For live podcasting of your Event contact winkk to schedule.

    by winkk on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 09:01:50 PM PST

    •  winkk (0+ / 0-)

      Thank you so much! I'm sorry I took so long in answering.
      I broke my arm,and I haven't paid attention to things.
      When do we meet?
      Mike

      Social activist, nutrition and exercise advice,long distance runner, Writer.

      by Vet63 on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 12:41:51 PM PDT

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