Elderly neighbor couple (long story short -- really really nice folk) had
problems with plumbing in the kitchen. My son and I, at the behest of my
grandkids, volunteered to fix the problem(s) that flooded their kitchen.
Seems some yahoo used superglue on EVERYTHING including drain lines,
disposal and dishwasher.
Took the better part of eight hours to get everything undone, an hour or so
to get the parts and another two hours to get it all back together again
Going back next week to check the rest of the house. Hopefully they ran out
of superglue before they did more damage.
Old man offered us, each, a class of the best home made peach brandy brandy
I ever tasted.
The lady promised us all the scratch brownies we could eat. (I expect the
grand kids will get most of those .. it was their idea after all)
Sounds like what my father used to call a "ten minute
job". I sure hope you get blessings from Heaven for
taking care of people. The brownies sound good.
Please write and tell us how this works out.
Christopher A. Young
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On Monday, February 9, 2015 at 7:39:41 PM UTC-6, Mindy wrote:
every little frivolous thing they saw and convinced themselves they needed
. Maybe they didn't trade in their car every two years because they had to
have a brand spanking new shiny one. Maybe they didn't take expensive vac
ations at overpriced 'resorts.' Could be a lot of reasons elderly people a
I don't know the stats, but I'd guess many are
living paycheck to paycheck, on shrinking
retirement dollars. I do try to be gentle when
invoicing elderly folks.
Christopher A. Young
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Yep. They're like everyone else - some are well off, some are
comfortable, some are getting by, some are barely hanging on.
It does seem to be true for many people that the more money they have,
the tighter they hold onto it. Those types think other people should
provide their labor and expertise as a favor to them.
Yes, there are all sorts. As you get older, priorities change too.
"Things" are less important so spending tends to go down and knowing
income will change as you near retirement, savings goes up. Smarter
spending too. Instead of paying that car insurance in 10 payments,
you save and make one and save $60 or so in charges.
*This*. It's why I don't buy the claims that you need an arbitrarily
huge amount of savings to retire on. Seems like that number is always
based on maintaining one's current lifestyle - except that your
lifestyle changes over time. Generally, as you get older, it gets
simpler and thus cheaper (except for medical issues, if you have any).
Most of my elderly neighbors fall into two groups - the ones who are
barely hanging on/just getting by; and the ones who are comfortably
off but don't do much anymore. That second group splits into those who
hit the casinos and spend some money just to kill time, and those who
have committed to spending as little as possible so they'll have money
to pass on to their grand-kids and great-grand kids after they die.
The people that say you need millions are the ones making money by
managing your funds. You do need more than just Social Security though.
I hope to die broke spending my kids inheritance. They were brought up
to be capable of earning a living. Meantime, figure I can get by OK,
but not extravagant. I really don't need more "stuff"
the elderly in the US are, as a group, the wealthiest demographic.
It makes sense. Their mortgage is probably paid off, so is their car.
And almost everyone gives them some kind of senior citizen rate. They
get a discount on taxes. They pay, at least here, 25 cents to ride
public transportation while younger people pay 3 dollars. The local
governments all have an active senior citizen program with all kinds of
programs. Here they have classes on how to fix up your house, but they
don't expect you to do it yourself. They tell you what should be done,
and give you a list of contractors that have senior rates. They have
cost of living increases in Social Security and many pensions.
Politicians cater to them because they have a very high voting rate,
whereas many younger people don't bother to vote The list of breaks for
senior citizens goes on and on, but I don't have time to list them all
because I am a senior citizen. The only area I can think of where they
(as all of us) have a lot of expenses is for medication, especially
where one would expect them to need relatively more as their health
I'm sure there are some seniors who are needy, but I suspect that most
of them have had a hand in their own situation and what can you do to
rescue someone from a life of mistakes.
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