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Seniors Still Going Without Food to Pay for Medicine, Says Elder Law of Michigan
Date:11/20/2009

LANSING, Mich., Nov. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The US government reported Monday that one in seven Americans struggled to get enough food to eat. This startling statistic highlights the difficulties of older adults who are rapidly aging into poverty. "Forced retirements, layoffs, and the death of a spouse or divorce mean many have incomes that no longer cover the basic expenses of food, housing and medicine. Older women are particularly vulnerable," said Kate White Executive Director of Elder Law of Michigan. "The new data confirms what we have known for awhile. What most people don't know is that help is available."

The MiCAFE program assists older adults in 23 Michigan counties apply for benefits like food and medical assistance that can directly increase the money households have to spend on food, medicine, rent and other necessities. "The MiCAFE program, operated in partnership with local senior centers and community organizations, can help older adults who are struggling financially to apply for help," said Kate White. "A lot of people who are age 60 or older don't think there is any help out there for them. If a family with someone age 60 and older doesn't have a Bridge Card, they should really contact MiCAFE to see if there is a chance they could get some help. Many times out of pocket medical, housing or prescription drug expenses can offset their income and they can actually be eligible," said White. "Most people have worked for many years in jobs or raising their families. They don't realize that it is in everyone's best interest if they have enough to eat. They will stay healthy longer, could volunteer in their community and their purchases support our local economy."

The MiCAFE program can be reached at www.elderlawofmi.org/micafe or 877-664-2233.

SOURCE Elder Law of Michigan, Inc.


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