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Seniors Cut Corners, Risk Their Lives

Hard economic times force elderly to cut back in life-threatening ways



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    A new study says seniors should shop for fresh food to remain healthy during tough economic times.

    Evidence is mounting that older adults are cutting everyday expenses to keep up with the economic downturn.

    In a recent report released by AARP, nearly half of those surveyed said they found it more difficult to pay for utilities such as heating, cooling or phone service and food, according to Leslie Bojorquez of Home Instead Senior Care.

    Home Instead Senior Care and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging have issued a list of warning signs that a relative or family caregiver of an elderly person should watch out for. They include: 

    • Is your senior's home too warm in the summer and too cold in the winter?
    • Is there a shortage of food in the house?
    • Is your senior skipping doctor's appointments?
    • Is your senior staying home more and becoming isolated? 

    For a list of cost-cutting warning signs and ways seniors can stretch their dollars Home