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Growing Old on the Streets is America’s Dirty, Little Secret, says AMAC

homeless-man-economyMore seniors are homeless than ever before

WASHINGTON, DC, Sep 16 – The homeless are the invisible denizens of America’s cities, says Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.  “But, the dirty little secret that has only come to light recently is the fact that the elderly are among the fastest growing populations living on the streets,” he reports.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development told Congress last year that there were more than 300,000 homeless Americans 50 years of age or more, 20% more than there were in 2007.

A recognized expert on the issue of the growing number of older individuals who are on the streets is University of Pennsylvania Professor Dennis P. Culhane.  He says that in 1990 “the peak age of adults who were homeless was 30” and that today the peak age is 55.

Weber is calling on all candidates for election and re-election in November and those in the private sector to recognize the fact that more seniors are homeless than ever before and to take to heart the needs of “these hapless lost souls.  Focus on their plight and let the truth be told, loud and clear.  Everyone needs to pitch in if we are to solve this problem, which only grows bigger with each passing day.”

Some would blame the spike in homelessness among older Americans on the swiftly aging population.  But, Weber says, it has more to do with the rising cost of health care and health insurance, the lagging economy, the impact of such diseases of old age as cancer and Alzheimer’s and, perhaps the most damaging cause of all, the lack of affordable housing.

“In fact, talk to any health provider who deals with the homeless and they will tell you that there has been a dramatic shift in recent years in the illnesses from which they suffer.  It used to be that the homeless suffered mainly from drug abuse and mental illness.  Nowadays they are more likely to have the chronic diseases of old age,” Weber notes.

Mel Martinez and Allyson Y. Schwartz are the co-chairs of the Bipartisan Policy Center Senior Health and Housing Task Force.  Martinez is a former U.S. Senator from Florida and Schwartz is a former Congresswoman from Pennsylvania.  They published an Opinion Article in U.S. News and World Report last month in which they concluded that “preventing and ending homelessness among older adults should become a major national priority in the United States.  By setting goals to end homelessness; increasing available low-income senior housing; and by understanding that the challenge requires participation from public and private partners at all levels, we can and will find ways to ensure that all U.S. seniors have the shelter and security that they deserve.”

Meanwhile, Margot Kushel, professor of medicine at University of California, San Francisco, is an expert on the elderly who become homeless.  She says that providing them with housing is the key to fixing the problem.  “A lot of these people have been healthy their whole lives.  But it doesn’t take long for their health to plummet once they’re homeless.  Once someone is housed, depression often lifts, stress fades away, infections heal.  It’s instant.”

Says Weber, “everyone has his own set of priorities, but one thing we all have in common is that we are all growing older.  It’s one of the hardest things we will all do in this life and so we should have compassion for those who need our help.”

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Eileen
6 years ago

Since the 1980s, I have known that Social Security would not cover my retirement, so I planned without thought of what the “government” would do for me. Can that be part of the problem? Have too many people simply expected the government to be their retirement plan? I agree with the person who said that the timing of the statistics indicate that many of the homeless seem to have aged into the new demographic. The people whom I met on the streets in the 1980s were there because they preferred it to following the rules for society. If those same people are still homeless, then they would be the gray headed.

I’m not denying that people have hardships, but I hate generalizations that try to make us feel bad. Everything we do and think is a choice. Even homeless people made the choices that got them there. Before anyone jumps on me for callousness, know that five years ago, I was homeless as a single mom with two children. This was unacceptable, so I pursued alternatives and demanded help from God. (Matthew 6:25-34) To prove God, I dropped out of all government programs, especially food stamps and Medicaid. That’s when God really prospered me. Getting away from government “benefits” helped me tremendously, and to that I quote Reagan, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.'” I could relate many stories concerning this.

Government help is no help, and the less government we have, the better we shall be. How do we get people off the street? The poor will always be with us, but how we view them changes. Some people do not want help, some don’t know how to ask, and others simply don’t want to work. Quit worrying about the masses and concentrate on the individuals. Give when it pleases you, but don’t expect the government to solve anything about the poor and the homeless. To the Government, they are cash cows. Government is NOT the answer!

PaulE
6 years ago
Reply to  Eileen

Very well said on all counts Eileen. May God continue to bless you and your children.

Barbara Martin
6 years ago

One of the greatest disservices the government has done to older people is keeping the interest rate low. When we were saving for our retirement, we anticipated 5% to 7% interest would continue to be available. Instead, for the last decade it has been almost nothing. Instead of living off the interest as we hoped, we have had to seriously deplete our capital.

PaulE
6 years ago
Reply to  Barbara Martin

The ability to earn 5 to 7 percent return on your money has remained fairly constant over the last decade. What has dramatically changed is that you can no longer earn that rate of return by simply investing in so-called “safe” investments like Treasury Bills and Notes (government bonds) or bank CD’s. There are however other investment vehicles out there that have provided regular, monthly payouts within the 5 to 7 percent annual rate of return through all this mess. They’re just slightly farther out on the risk curve, but by no means “junk” assets.

I completely agree with you that the government has held rates down too low for far too long. The government completely ignored the damage they were doing to most savers and investors, while they concentrated on keeping interest rates artificially low to hide the true cost of their runaway spending from the public. Now they’ve accumulated so much debt that a return to so-called normal interest rates (5 to 7 percent) would trigger another economic crisis. We currently pay over $800 billion a year just to cover the interest on our national debt and that is with these artificially low interest rates. Should the Fed raise interest rates rise to just 2 percent, the interest payments to cover our current debt would consume almost the entire federal budget. See why the government has been keeping rates so low for so long now? Washington doesn’t want a massive citizen revolt on their hands right now. Anything approaching a return to normalcy would require massive, across the board tax hikes (50 to 75 percent would NOT be out of line) to pay our debt and fund the current runaway rate of spending. At the rate the Federal Reserve is going and the federal government is spending money without constraint, it is highly unlikely that interest rates on your neighborhood bank CD’s will see 5 to 7 percent any time in most of remaining lifetimes.

craga
6 years ago

Are we asking for more Fed Govt housing subsidy for the elderly?
I just wonder, don’t people plan for retirement?
Sorry for those who were terminated unexpectedly and for those who could not find employment.
Hope to find a solution to this problem soon.

Ralph
6 years ago

There was a guy holding a sign claiming to be homeless and down on his luck on a major corner in Cincinnati last week in front of a company with a “help wanted” sign on their building. When I pointed that out to him, he became highly indignant, and said ” I don’t want to work, when I can make money just standing here”. To stupid to stand some where else, or maybe it was a good spot? You see a lot of them standing with a cup of Starbucks in their hands also. I’m not saying some people don’t truly need help, but I have to wonder about welfare helping them. Are they just collecting extra cash for the starbucks? I bet they don’t pay income tax on that money either. (joke) At the VA when asked if they need a place to stay, most answer no. A local TV station did a feature on them a few years ago, and found most of them wanted to be where they were, and some admitted making upward of $40 thousand dollars a year! Not bad with no other expenses or taxes to pay.

DIYer
6 years ago

The dates and demographics in the article can’t help but make me ask whether, for the most part, this is predominantly THE SAME GROUP from 1990 that roughly 25 years later, are now … wait for it … twenty-five years older. This next thought may not fit the liberal, politically correct, Mr. Rogers Neighborhood mentality, but we can’t forget that a majority of the individuals that fall into this group frequently have serious ‘issues’, and wouldn’t alter their lifestyle if you re-directed the entire military budget to ‘save’ them. It is sad. It is tragic. But, from someone who has worked among them, don’t be naïve.

craga
6 years ago

I have not heard about this problem with the elderly in the area where I live. I’ve seen a lot of middle age and young ones around town, though.
The Fed Govt caused the homeless center which was founded and first supported by the churches where I live to close. Getting grants from the Govt is not helpful. Too many regulations.
The elderly needs to be taken cared of.
Hopefully this problem can be resolved soon.
Thank you AMAC.

Old Feller
6 years ago

The U.S. gives Financial Aid to 96% of all Countries. According to the federal government, for fiscal year 2012, the U.S. disbursed $33.2 billion dollars. $19 billion in economic assistance to 184 countries and $14.2 billion in military assistance to 142 countries. Of the top six U.S. foreign aid recipients, five of them were Muslim countries. The UN boasts 193 members, and the U.S. provided economic assistance to 184 of them. China is a major buyer of U.S. debt and we borrow money from China to give financial assistance to 96% of the countries in the world. The US debt has exceeded $19 trillion dollars. The government has embezzled all surplus Social Security revenue and spent the money on government programs and NONE of the money was invested. The Government Owes $2.7 Trillion to Social Security.

DIYer
6 years ago
Reply to  Old Feller

I suspect that your stats are sadly true, but what does this misplaced RANT have to do with the homeless article?

Ralph
6 years ago
Reply to  DIYer

He is saying the money would be better spent at home!!!!!

PaulO
6 years ago

Hillary Clinton and the 2016 Democratic platform have promised to Expand Social Security’s modest benefits not cut it. How? They’re going to require the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share, and raise the income cap subject to SS tax which is currently $118,500.

Republicans in their 2016 platform plan no changes for current or near-retirement SS beneficiaries. But for younger workers, they want to privatize the system allowing them to create their own personal investment accounts. Donald Trump has waffled on SS so I don’t know what he plans differently if anything.

MeToo
6 years ago
Reply to  PaulO

Do you seriously believe a word she says? She did her thesis on Saul Alinsky, the radical anarchist. She is for bringing hundreds of thousands of unvetted refugees to this country from the sharia law countries in the Middle East. She is financed and owned by sharia law proponents in those countries, through her slush fund, the Clinton Foundation, which uses 6% for charity and 94% for themselves..

As soon as these refugees get here, you can be sure they will go on all our social welfare programs, including Social Security, none of which they have paid into. Social Security is nearing bankruptcy because the Democraps are giving it out to people who were never invested in it. Check your facts, and see who the candidate for Americans really is.

Gloria P. Sterling
6 years ago
Reply to  MeToo

LBJ moved SS from its own account into the general fund. If that had not happened (Congress failed us there, also), SS would be in good condition and have plenty for all who paid into it.

PaulO
6 years ago

It’s true Johnson was the first to put our Social security reserves for use into the general fund to help finance the Viet Nam war and all the Rs & Ds Politian’s agreed with him.
But the notion that the government borrowed that money and never paid it back is not true. Those reserves purchased “Special Treasury Securities” that cannot be traded like other government bonds and are guaranteed by the full faith of the US. Those SS reserves transferred to the general fund are there!

Gloria many believe as you do. I ask you to please learn the facts and stop spreading erroneous information.

Ralph
6 years ago
Reply to  PaulO

Paulyzero next time look up how to spell “politicians” in Merriam-Webster, and what good are bonds that are backed by a government that is $20trillion in debt. Once again you are the liar, not Gloria. You are the champion misinformation spreader on this blog.

HAM
6 years ago
Reply to  Ralph

Exactly Ralph! And why have they not paid back that money in the last 50 years? Because they are too busy spending, spending, & spending to buy votes from the people who live their entire lives on Welfare, supporting illegals and immigrants who have no intention of pledging allegiance to this country and do not want to assimilate into the American way of life. Instead this last group want everyone in the US to change to their way of life.

These Treasury bonds are only good IF there is money to buy them back. what happens if China decides they want to be paid back all the money immediately that we owe them? With China’s economy declining don’t think that is not possible. This administration has been recklessly spending money with no regard to the debt ever since they took office. Eventually you have to pay the piper!!!

Ralph
6 years ago
Reply to  HAM

Social Security is the biggest cash cow the government has, HAM, as I am sure you are aware. Millions collected weekly through fica and Medicare withholding. And they keep spending it on entitlements instead of repaying paulyzero’s bonds ( what a joke). If the entitlements stop, maybe we can get a raise. paulyzero doesn’t understand any of this. He thinks the Gov just prints more money when they need it. What a putz.

Rik
6 years ago
Reply to  MeToo

MeToo, PaulO is a Looneytune Liberal who spews his Commie Democratic philosophy in hopes of swaying someone to back the Dems. How can anyone with any common sense believe anything from the mouth of pathological liar Hillary?

HAM
6 years ago
Reply to  PaulO

Hillary waffles so much why would anyone believe anything she says. The policies she promotes are classic communism which the elite live in luxury and the rest live in poverty!

Colin Powell summed her up: “he would rather not have to vote for her”; she’s greedy, unbridled ambition, non transformational”. On another email: “she looked shifty if not a liar.”

PaulO
6 years ago
Reply to  HAM

“waffles”?
HAM you tend to try and use big words incorrectly.
Next time you reply have your Merriam-Webster next to you and use it.

Ralph
6 years ago
Reply to  PaulO

Ham is right you are wrong, Paulyzero. Everyone knows what waffles means except you, probably because it is an operational norm in the dumacrat party, along with lying.

HAM
6 years ago
Reply to  PaulO

Google it PaulO. Waffle is a big word??? (Insert laughter) In trying to belittle me you have shown your ignorance (and that you are a young puppy). YOU need to do your homework.

Ralph
6 years ago
Reply to  PaulO

Paulyzero, I am sick to death of the dumacrat myth that the rich don’t pay their fair share, when in fact they pay 80% of the income tax collected in the United States. The other thing you dumb ass liberals never talk about is what happens when the rich run out of money because idiots like you taxed them to death? Your jealousy is showing through again. Taking money from one person that he earned through hard work and giving it to someone else helps neither of them. The trouble with you is that you never look down the road far enough to consider all of the consequences, and that is why all of the dumacrat passed legislation is ultimately a failure.

Capt.Bob
6 years ago

No problem is so bad that the government can’t make it worse.

RogerW
6 years ago

Yes, let’s add more government handouts to the deficit. Government programs have worked so well at reducing poverty and homelessness since The Great Society began 50 years ago. When are people like Weber going to wake up and realize that THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES NOT DO ANYTHING WELL? I thought this was an organization of conservatives, but I see articles almost every week begging for more scraps from the traitor Obama’s table.

DIYer
6 years ago
Reply to  RogerW

Agreed! When I first joined AMAC when it was founded, I believed it to be a real conservative alternative to AARP. Since then, it’s hard to see the difference. Seems it has just turned into another vehicle to push all the same questionable product and services as AARP and also, mostly self-serving.

Bob Shamhart
6 years ago

Ghandi quote; You can judge a society by the way it treats it’s weakest members- the elderly, the sick, the homeless and it’s young”

RogerW
6 years ago

Yes, let’s add some more government handouts to the deficit. Government programs have worked so well at reducing poverty since The Great Society began. When are idiots like Weber going to realize that the damn federal government can’t do anything well. I thought this was a conservative group, but I keep reading articles asking for more scraps from the traitor Obama’s table.

Frank cicero
6 years ago

What a disgrace to see any American homeless and more so that they are people who can remedy this tradegy but turn a blind eye. If you cannot directly help someone than at least say a prayer for them for a divine intervention.

Tim
6 years ago

We are quick to jump to conclusions. 55 is not elderly. What does peak mean? usually it means the maximum not the average.
We the people always took care of our parents and grandparents, Now we think our neighbor should do this, We as a nation were poorer then than we are now. What happened to us. Democrats have been curing poverty and homelessness and health care for 50 years and all that has resulted in what our government reports as things getting worse!!!! Let no real or artificial crises go un used for advancing a cause/

Roger
6 years ago
Reply to  Tim

DempCraps are the real problem. They say one thing,but do another. Hey the number of homeless has gone UP since the “Great Divider” lodged himself in the People’s House

Lanny
6 years ago
Reply to  Tim

Hell The Democrats are too busy inviting in more people from other country to take care of what did you expect? we would do with the ones that are here?

Gloria P. Sterling
6 years ago
Reply to  Tim

My thoughts about 55 not being “old”, also. I’m way over that now and still don’t consider myself “old”. However, it is disgraceful that the age for homeless has gone up. Many of the homeless are veterans, also, yet our government keeps giving to other countries and many who could help themselves, but don’t, and ignore the very ones who have helped keep our freedoms. We all need to help our veterans and the truly destitute.

Ray Fujii
6 years ago

What is the root cause of this situation? How did these people get into this situation? Know of a lot of former co-worker’s who were terminated between ages 55 to 62 and were unable to find work in spite good educations and records of high performance. Could this be the result of an expendable population that are discarded by various organizations?

Roger
6 years ago
Reply to  Ray Fujii

Discarded? Of course, especially by this administration.

MeToo
6 years ago
Reply to  Roger

And the libtards who support him.

Chuck
6 years ago
Reply to  Roger

Don’t forget the warm, fuzzy corporations and their lovable leaders…

Debbie
6 years ago

It would help if we also sharply limited the ability for companies to rid themselves of employees over 50. That would help to limit loss of housing and health insurance.

Glenn
6 years ago
Reply to  Debbie

Debbie, that sounds like another Socialist/big government remedy.

Martha McConnell
6 years ago
Reply to  Debbie

Yes, I was one of those. My boss started “gathering” info on every I not dotted and t not crossed just exactly so. It was a witch hunt. She wrote me up for something I supposedly did in March of 2014 in November of 2015. I was to get a copy and the file to see if I had been instructed by the VP of the company to do this, but never got it. She fired me in February of 2016 just as soon as she found out thst I had finished my therapy on my knee replacement I had on Dec 1 of 2015. I had been there for 9 years. So much for all my hard work and tenure.

MeToo
6 years ago

The same thing happened to me. They started a file on me and brought up something from 2 years previous that they deliberately misinterpreted to make me look bad. It had no basis in fact. Welcome to Obama’s America – Disposable People. Disposable People have no jobs or income to support their causes, which may go against Obama’s agenda.

Irv C
6 years ago

Of course! Our government could care less about those of us that WORKED, PAID TAXES all our lives. They would rather help illegals, and refugees.
Examples? Easy, no increase in SS last year and prior years too yet Congress wants a raise? For what? Medicare is disgusting! It costs me 121.08 a month just to see a doctor and I still pay a percentage. Like 20%. Obamacare is cheaper but seniors must sign up for Medicare. All the talk in Washington is to stop SS. Sure it is, they ripped off all the money from it. SS if Managed right would take care of itself but it can’t with the Harry Reid’s, Obamas, Clintons skimming off it. I have No room to talk because I only worked 49.5 years. I’d be happy if they would give me all I put in and what my employers put in (because that’s money that would have been wages) in a lump sum. I’d take MY money since I earned it and paid TAX on it once already and move to say, Costa Rica or Belize where they take care of the citizens. Maybe the US Government wants to see 40% of the population (seniors) start a revolution? That’s one way to Cull us. I’d go on, I have a story where the gov. Tried to cull me but I’ve written enough. You can see I’m not a happy American. Vote TRUMP!!!!

MeToo
6 years ago
Reply to  Irv C

Social Security is a Ponzi scheme. Madoff is in prison for a similar Ponzi scheme. When will the politicians do time for raiding SS?

Mrp
6 years ago
Reply to  Irv C

Irv, Belize and other Central American Countries do not care for their citizens. The majority of the people are very poor, so when Americans move their and spend so much from our relatively rich retirements, we can live like the very wealthy because their cost of living is so low. In fact, when we move there, we cause inflation when we have more to spend than the common man there. What you may not know is that parents must must pay for the1ir childrem to go to public schoos. Literally not free lunch at the schools. Everyone pays for their own lunch or they go hungry that daqqqqqqqy. at school. The average standard of living is much less than our poorest.
You might want to do more research before moving south, if you expect to be taken care of.

Bill Meyers
6 years ago

We the people MUST demand that we STOP sending BILLIONS of dollars to foreign countries that HATE us and keep those funds right here to help our seniors. We have been on that Merry-Go-Round FAR TOO LONG and it NEEDS to END NOW!!! And, also DEMAND a payback of all previously advanced funds. We are VERY STUPID people to keep electing the STUPID people that keep doing that!!!

Irv C
6 years ago
Reply to  Bill Meyers

Your so right. I have written all my Senators and Congressmen here in Nevada and I always get back the same old pre written line of BS. I’ll keep writing though.

MeToo
6 years ago
Reply to  Irv C

When I lived in NY I got the same answer from Kirsten Gillibrand. Her mind was made up and her constituent’s input was unwanted and useless. These Democraps have got to GO.

Gloria P. Sterling
6 years ago
Reply to  Irv C

That’s the reason I no longer write. Always got a “form” letter that did not address the issue of which I wrote. My letter probably went into the “trash” file (the shredder) as soon as answered.

Dee
6 years ago

There is a difference between need and expect help. There are many that expect everybody to help them with no effort on their part. I am willing to help those that will do something in return. In our community some of those in the shelter pick up litter on the street others tend the garden and then there are those that do nothing. The unions are in part to blame for people that are not employed to help around the community. They keep insisting that some of the jobs that these people do to help both themselves and the community are union jobs and they need to belong to the union to do it. Like cleaning the streets and sidewalks. When city budgets are low and these jobs are not begin done by the city the homeless could step in this way the job gets done and the person doing the job feel like they are helping to pay their way

Linda Pehrson
6 years ago

If you think Seniors being on the street is bad. Do a study of how many of the homeless street people are mentally ill and have fallen through the cracks of the non-existence mental health resources in this country. Where we live the answer to helping the mentally ill is evaluate them in the Emergency Room, transport them to a nearby hospital psyc unit. give them drugs and put a prescription in their hand and send them out the door onto the street again within 2 – 4 days before the medications have time to take effect. Maybe give them a bus pass or a few food stamps. On the street they go again, pretty much in the same shape they were in when they entered the hospital. Sooner or later because of their behavior they have dealings with the police, but the police claim that unless they are and eminent danger to themselves or to someone else they can’t do anything (not even take them to a hospital. Very few police are trained to deal with the mentally ill and there are abuses there, These people, some of them, severly mentally ill, need LONG-TERM treatment, help applying for disability and Medicaid and an out-patient check-in program that they can report to occasionally. There are very few homeless shelters for the mentally ill so it’s the street or the jail when they end up breaking the law. This problem is too huge for families to handle and almost impossible to get a mentally ill person into a long-term care facility like a state mental hospital. No one wants to talk about or do anything about the dirty little secret that AMERICA does NOT take care of her mentally ill citizens. No one wants to touch it with a 10 foot pole. People FEAR mental illness and so they ignore it. But this problem is the ELEPHANT in the room. This is a problem that must be dealt with by State governments and County Governments or we will Churches, etc before we reap the consequences. To get a person into the state hospital they have to go before a mental health judge and even then they mostly are given out-patient treatment that is very limited when they really need in-house, long-term treatment for at leas 6 months. Long enough to know they are on the correct medication and that it has taken effect and long enough to learn some coping skills and how to handle life. Long enough to help them get on disability, Medicaid, etc. There are never any beds available so they go out to the street AGAIN. AND AGAIN AND AGAIN. Or to the jail, AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN. Insurance Companies also discriminate against the mentally ill. Uggghhh!

A Washington State Republican, really!
6 years ago
Reply to  Linda Pehrson

Amen, Amen, Amen Sister Linda! People who don’t have a mentally ill individual in their family, circle of friends or neighborhood, don’t have a clue.
So much money,(millions) is spent here in Washington State on art, city parks, feasibility studies for countless environmental issues, bike trails on roadways with cars??, hello! If people spent as much time and resources taking care of people in these United States as they do around the world, we may start to see that half of the homeless problem would go away. Money goes to anything but for the mentally ill. Every time a mentally ill person get’s ahold of a firearm, people spend countless hours and millions to fight for gun control, without thinking once about funding something to help the mentally ill. People always ask…”How did a mentally ill person get a gun anyhow?”, and the answer is, people don’t just become metal ill overnight. They may have had that gun from a different time in there life. Also, some mentally ill people can be very “normal” sometime, and some (most) mentally ill just simply go undiagnosed. Why? because of NO funding. Now that the elderly are living longer, more and more of them have mental health issues as well. It is fairly easy for their children to have a Dr. declare the elderly loved one mentally incompetent, and the children can house the parent in a memory care facility for 8 to 10 thousand a month, until they run out of money, and then the state cover the costs. I wish it was that easy for our young people to get help. If they could get in somewhere, and HAVE to stay long enough to be treated and stabilized, and be trained in a trade, some could be contributing members of society. Some, of course, may never be helped, but they should be able to live out their lives with dignity, and not on the streets.
I wish I was a Bill Gates, Paul Allen, or any other wealthy individual in Washington State, that could build model mental hospitals all over Washington State, and set the bar for other states to follow.
Families of mentally ill persons hands are tied, and we can’t do anything to get them the help they desperately need, nor a place for them to stay. Anyway, Linda your letter hit a cord with me, and I am sorry that more people don’t get it.
Most Sincerely,
Really

Annie
6 years ago

I am retired. I also have bi-polar disorder. I managed to get through life, not always as a happy person. I went for many years undiagnosed before I found out what was wrong with me. In public I was a normal person who was dying on the inside. At home I was a hellion and all those sad feelings would come out. One of the therapist I saw told me I deserved an Academy Award for my performance. However, as I got older that evil person came out in public embarrassing myself, family and friends. I was on medication but it did not work so well anymore. We figured out that stress was a big factor in my mood swings. Unfortunately, I passed this on to one of my children. The signs began to hit about age 16 and their’s is much worse than mine. So for those of you out there who do have mental or have never tried to get help for a family member you have no idea of the struggles we face each day. Just try to get help for someone with no insurance. Standing in line in a big city to try to get help is very discouraging. You get there at 4 A.M. and stay till they close and never get seen. You cannot spend the night on the sidewalk as you will be arrested. You have a job but no insurance. You can’t go back the next day because if you are off from work to often then you do not have a job. It is a maddening catch 22 situation. Anybody out there have a solution???

Chuck
6 years ago
Reply to  Linda Pehrson

I’m surprised our society does not hand out cyanide capsules to the homeless…sort of like abortion for older adults. Abortion is acceptable in our modern and superior society isn’t it??

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