July 23, 2009
Seniors cutting back on medications, food
Some senior citizens are making drastic cuts to their medical and food budgets due to the recession, a U.S. survey suggests.
The survey by The Senior Citizens League, a nonpartisan senior group, conducted during a three-month period earlier this year, indicates 42 percent of seniors had either postponed filling their prescription medications or were taking a smaller dosage than prescribed by their physicians.
Millions of seniors have been struggling to make ends meet for many years, Daniel O'Connell, chairman of The Senior Citizens League, says in a statement.
But this survey makes clear that the recession has made things go from bad to worse for older Americans.
Thirty-two percent of respondents report that their drug plan increased its co-pay or co-insurance in 2009; 18 percent say they would have to postpone their retirement; and 6 percent report having to take Social Security earlier than expected due to job cuts.
No margin of error was provided.