I invited Susan Poole, Executive Director of Community Resource Services (CRS) to be a guest on Aging Gracefully TV.
Susan, her staff, and an army of local volunteers are on a mission to reduce the effects of poverty in this area by providing basic needs assistance and referral services. I met with Susan to specifically inquire about the welfare of seniors in our little communities here in Ohio. I found out there are over 6.5 million seniors living in poverty in the US, and more than 100 are struggling to make ends meet right here in our local area. I was shocked that the number was that high!
I knew that Community Resource Services helps many young families.
But… seniors are “tricky.”
She explained that senior needs are different from other stages of life.
Older people aren’t just in a transitional time between jobs, finishing their education, or raising small children. They have limited resources and set budgets for the rest of their lives.
They may have toiled throughout their younger years, yet now they’re living just one adverse event away from disaster.
An older adult might be living with a broken-down car, a leaking roof, or a furnace needing replacement because they don’t know what else to do.
Susan said, “Sometimes, we know they have adult children, but the parents won’t ask them for help.” I asked what would stop a parent from asking family or loved ones for assistance. Susan’s opinion is that retired adults are often concerned about being a “burden” and sometimes their children really aren’t financially able to assist. Other times, it’s simply a matter of pride.
Please watch my interview with Susan Poole to learn more about senior needs and what any community might do to help seniors in financial need!
Please consider these questions and comment below the video:
Have YOU ever been too proud to ask for help?
Have you ever thought about offering your help to an elderly person?
Do you think your own parents would feel comfortable asking you for help?