Pasadena seniors living on fixed incomes worry about economic insecurity nationwide, local experts say – Pasadena Now

Inflation in the United States has reached its highest level in 40 years and consumers, especially those on low or fixed incomes, are being disproportionately affected by the impact, whether at the grocery store, the pharmacy or at the service station.

In Pasadena, seniors on fixed incomes are increasingly anxious about soaring food and rental prices amid soaring inflation, according to Susan Kujawa, chair of the Pasadena Village Board of Directors. , a senior community in Greater Pasadena.

” They are worried. I think even older people, even older adults, who have money set aside for retirement [are] dependent on the stock market. So they worry about it. And they see prices going up for everything – drugs, doctor’s appointments. So they are worried. »

Kujawa also said seniors living on fixed incomes are struggling to adjust to the rapidly rising costs of consumer goods and services.

The “Seniors Index”, which measures the monthly income seniors need to cover expenses while living independently, found that a senior who rents a home needs a monthly income of $2,258 or $27,096 per year for housing, food, health care and other expenses.

A senior who owns a home without a mortgage needs $22,476 per year, while those who own a home with a mortgage need $34,104 in income per year for all their expenses.

Kujawa said rising rental prices in Pasadena are putting pressure on seniors.

“Besides the rent, it’s the cost of food,” she said. “Everyone has a story to tell about going to the market and finding out how much eggs cost or how much produce costs. They are just surprised.

Old people skimp on medicine for food and rent

Akila Gibbs, executive director of the Pasadena Senior Center, a donor-supported organization that provides sports games, dance and language classes, and social service activities for Pasadena seniors, said the rising cost of life is the number one problem facing Pasadena seniors today. .

The Pasadena Senior Center has seen a recent increase in the number of seniors needing food, housing and other services, Gibbs said.

“As inflation increased, we saw an increase in the number of people needing food,” Gibbs said. “Housing has always been an issue and we’ve seen an increase in the number of older adults desperately trying to find accommodation.”

According to the Homeless Count released earlier this year, 512 people are homeless in Pasadena. This figure shows a continued stabilization in the average number of people without accommodation on any given night over the past three years.

According to Gibbs, the elderly are the largest group of homeless people in the city to date, and their numbers are growing exponentially.

“The price of housing is astronomical. So housing and transportation are the first two things seniors need the most,” Gibbs said. “I think a one-bedroom apartment is about $1,800. So a senior on a fixed income can’t afford it.

To be able to afford food and rent, Gibbs said seniors often skimp on their medication.

“We saw people trying to share their medicine to pay rent or buy more food. So we’ve seen more of that.

To learn more about the programs and services available for seniors in the city, visit the Pasadena Village and Pasadena Senior Center websites using the links below:

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