Teri Koff, LCSW, CMC
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Economic Gloom Has Dimmed the Golden Years

New York Times

 

Economic Gloom Has Dimmed the Golden Years

 
Published: November 28, 2008

To the Editor:

“Unable to Sell Homes, Elderly Forgo Move to Assisted Living” (news article, Nov. 22) illustrates the sad reality of the economy and its devastating effects on our senior population.

All Americans find the housing crisis overwhelming, but for the elderly who require additional care and assistance, the option to relocate to appropriate settings to meet their needs is diminished.

The billions of dollars in the bailout program may not be targeted to meet the needs of this vulnerable population who worked hard to be self-sufficient and never dreamed of this situation for their golden years.

Teri Koff
New York, Nov. 22, 2008

The writer, a social worker, is an elder care specialist.


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