Low Income? Survival tips!

from eHOW


Request a senior discount wherever they are available. You will often find discounts at restaurants, coffee shops and cafes, grocery stores, clothing retailers, recreational activities, museums and movie theaters.

Contact your utility, water, phone and cable companies about possibly getting a senior discount or a discount for being a low-income individual.

Apply for nutritional supplement programs that are there to provide healthy meals to seniors who are not able to pay for nutritious foods. Meals on Wheels and SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Plan formerly known as food stamps, are two such programs (see Resources).

Apply for benefits that are available to help pay for groceries, utilities, medical expenses, transportation and other bills.

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If you are accustomed to eating steak and seafood several times a week, cut back to only a couple of days each week. Choose foods that are less expensive such as pasta and chicken. You can find many recipes for both of these food items so you still have a variety of flavors to enjoy.  Also take advantage of any programs in your community such as free food from the food bank, free meals from churches or shelters.  Also consider Food Stamps and Meals on Wheels.

Choose Inexpensive Activities (i.e. Free)

Instead of going to an expensive show, look for community theatre or college productions. You could also start going to the movies, renting movies for home viewing or find senior centers that have many free or low-cost activities available.   What free activities does YOUR town offer?

Ask for generic drugs

Whenever your doctor writes you a prescription, ask for the generic of the medication.  Also look at the extra help program "Medicare beneficiaries can qualify for Extra Help with their Medicare prescription drug plan costs. The Extra Help is estimated to be worth about $4,000 per year."

Want to travel?

I use Youth Hostels - theyre not just for young folks. The young folks actually seem to enjoy talking with me, traveling with me (I have some experience and a car) so dont think theyll avoid you.

If you can stand moving, consider Section 8 housing.  Do a search or have your librarian search for "section 8 housing in your state

Use your skills to earn money

If you are physically able, you can babysit.  If you have sewing talent start offering to do mending or alterations for folks.  Can you cook?  Get paid to cook one day a week for a family where both folks work .  Handyman skills?  If you have transportation and a few tools you can do simple jobs like changing a faucet washer, replacing a light fixture, etc.  Make it clear that you only do small jobs.  Can you water someones garden or weed it?

HOUSING  from seniorslovetoknow

The housing choice voucher program is operated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and offers rental subsidies to elderly, disabled and low income families. This program was previously known as Section 8 housing.Visit the HUD Income Limits website to find out what the limits are in your state.

USDA Affordable Rural Housing

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides subsidies to more than 15,000 apartment complexes through its Section 515 Multi-Family Housing (MFH) program. Some of these properties are designated specifically for the elderly... All units are located in rural areas across all 50 states.

Use the USDA Multi-Family Housing Rentals search site.

Try your county’s housing authority or council on aging.

How to Choose Hospice care

Please see the Hospice link  on this website,  but also check out  these resources:

Hospice Foundation of America

eHow How to Choose a Hospice

The Caring Connection Hospice  great list of questions

Worksheet to help you choose    downloadable booklet

Indiana Palliative and Hospice

Hospice & Palliative care Massachusetts 

Protein and Age

This is from  Read the whole article there.  Here are the highlights

Researchers recently discovered that the health impacts of eating protein change as we age. Their study looked at the impact of protein consumption on overall mortality, cancer, and diabetes risk in a nationally representative epidemiological study of 6,381 individuals age 50 and better in the United States.

For individuals over 66, the researchers found the opposite outcomes for the relationship between overall mortality and cancer mortality and protein consumption. For this age group, the high-protein consumption group showed a 23 percent reduction in overall mortality, and the moderate-consumption group showed a 21 percent reduction in overall mortality than the low-protein group. This was not affected by the percentage of calories from fat, carbohydrates, or animal proteins. The older group also showed a 60 percent reduction of cancer mortality in the high-protein group compared to the low-protein group.

To look at why different levels of protein consumption are optimal at different ages, the researchers used blood tests and animal models. For middle-aged adults, it appears that high protein consumption leads to an increase in the molecule IGF-1. Higher levels of this molecule in the blood are associated with an increased risk of cancer death. Why this pattern was not observed in older adults is not clear.