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    Who knows if it really happened or is just an urban myth. But old people starve inside their homes, because they can't get to the store, or have dementia and can't figure out the locks to open the door, etc.
    I know and it's awful. There is a campaign regarding checking on elderly if they have pets to make sure they aren't neglecting the pets. Obviously that's important but mainly it makes me want to scream is that the only reason to check on elderly with no one who cares for them?
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    If you are reading this and are hungry (or otherwise in crisis), every part of American has Call For Help 211. It's a service that hooks callers up with local resources, like food and shelter, as well as a gateway for people who need to reach out for adult protective services, etc.

    You dial it just like "911" for emergencies.

    What is 211? | Helpline Center
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    Well that sure beats my answer.

    Knight, man. You're spiralling the wrong way. What's going on?

    What's the way out of this? What's step 1 maybe, of the way out if this?

    I've dealt with people at rock bottom. Twice. I've been at my own rock bottom ( it may not compare, but it was mine and I processed it and got through it.

    What's the way out of this?

    As for myself, yeah. I lasted hungry for two weeks and then I called mom. She sent a check and I wasn't hungry anymore.

    There was a "leave bread take bread" rack in my university. I was "white person in G8 country" hungry, which still feels hungry. I stood there for 2 hours. I'd get close, then back off. Get close, back off. Finally I figured that if I took some there might be some person who really, really had no other option and there'd be none left. So I said fuck it and called my parents. I actually ate ketchup packets that week.

    So yes I've been hungry, but no... no I've never been hungry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    Yes, I agree. I think men can solve their food issues better than children or the elderly.

    When I was in college we used to read all these stories about old people eating cat food.....or at least, I think we did. It was certainly a "thing" to worry about whether they had enough to eat. Meals on Wheels did not start in the US until 1974.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meals_on_Wheels#History
    Yes, and a big part of the problem back then was, there was no COLA adjustment for their Social Security... that's what had old folks eating pet food...

    Ryan wants to take that away...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sassy View Post
    I know and it's awful. There is a campaign regarding checking on elderly if they have pets to make sure they aren't neglecting the pets. Obviously that's important but mainly it makes me want to scream is that the only reason to check on elderly with no one who cares for them?
    I have a HUGE elder population in my condo ass'n. The original owners are Rosie the Riveters and their kids, literally. This place was built during WW II to house women brought here from the south to work in the factories.

    Anyway, of 600 units, I bet I have 100 that are occupied by a 90+ year old. It's a perennial question, who's checking on these people? The condo ass'n has a maintenance department that visits as a matter of routine every few months, and the electric meters are inside.

    But that's not enough, yanno?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thx1138 View Post
    Yes, and a big part of the problem back then was, there was no COLA adjustment for their Social Security... that's what had old folks eating pet food...

    Ryan wants to take that away...

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    There is no automatic COLA for Social Security. It HAS kept pace with inflation under Obama, but that's because there has been no inflation under Obama.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    Yes, I agree. I think men can solve their food issues better than children or the elderly.

    When I was in college we used to read all these stories about old people eating cat food.....or at least, I think we did. It was certainly a "thing" to worry about whether they had enough to eat. Meals on Wheels did not start in the US until 1974.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meals_on_Wheels#History
    I remember that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Knuckles View Post
    Well that sure beats my answer.

    Knight, man. You're spiralling the wrong way. What's going on?

    What's the way out of this? What's step 1 maybe, of the way out if this?

    I've dealt with people at rock bottom. Twice. I've been at my own rock bottom ( it may not compare, but it was mine and I processed it and got through it.

    What's the way out of this?

    As for myself, yeah. I lasted hungry for two weeks and then I called mom. She sent a check and I wasn't hungry anymore.

    There was a "leave bread take bread" rack in my university. I was "white person in G8 country" hungry, which still feels hungry. I stood there for 2 hours. I'd get close, then back off. Get close, back off. Finally I figured that if I took some there might be some person who really, really had no other option and there'd be none left. So I said fuck it and called my parents. I actually ate ketchup packets that week.

    So yes I've been hungry, but no... no I've never been hungry.
    Yup. There is a level of hungry below the one you experienced. I had a tuna sandwich and chocolate milk every school day at lunch, in HS, paid for by my girlfriend's mom. She also bought me underwear, coats, etc.

    Without that family, who knows? I was without doubt malnourished.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    There is no automatic COLA for Social Security. It HAS kept pace with inflation under Obama, but that's because there has been no inflation under Obama.
    There has been no COLA adjustment for the last 4 years because there has been no inflation for the last 4 years, at least the way they figure inflation.

    But no, the COLA adjustment is automatic and SS got an adjustment for the first 4 years of Obama and before that.

    But @knight give us some of the particulars like your state, and perhaps we can put our heads and resources together and help you with this predicament.

    Ever been to Washington State?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    There is no automatic COLA for Social Security. It HAS kept pace with inflation under Obama, but that's because there has been no inflation under Obama.
    Yes there has.
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