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To help pay for his wife’s mounting medical bills, Robert Blocksom is looking to come out of retirement. But instead of helping others with their financial planning as he had done for so many years, the 87-year-old is aiming to hit the road as a truck driver.
As the news station noted, more and more Americans in their golden years are coming out of retirement to find work. Over the last 12 months, some 255,000 people 85 years old or older were listed in the workforce, according to the Washington Post. Many of these seniors took up jobs as farmers, ranchers, bookkeepers and accountants, and many, like Robert, are looking to become truckers.
originally posted by: CosmicAwakening
As far as I knew, the elderly got medicade/medicare for free if they had no money.
originally posted by: watchitburn
a reply to: Willtell
If you're so concerned about them surely you will be volunteering to cover their costs.
originally posted by: Willtell
The point is this messed up country should have UNIVERSAL HEALTH INSURANCE so people like this can live and survive after retirement.
Indeed ONLY in America, the richest country ever do humans have to go through this.
The couple have sold off many of their possessions — including a mobile trailer — to help pay for medical bills since Jelaine’s health began to worsen, CNN affiliate WEWS News first reported. They also moved from their home in Middleburgh Heights, Ohio, and relocated to an apartment that’s easier for 87-year-old Jelaine to move around in.
“I would hope he wouldn’t have to do that, but he sees that as a way out,” she tells PEOPLE. “It’s difficult, sure, but it’s harder on him because he takes care of me and the house. All I can do is make his meals for him!”
According to a Social Science Research Network study, the rate of seniors 65 and over who filed for bankruptcy rose almost 204 percent from 1991 to 2016. The study found that high health care costs, coupled with reduced incomes and a decline in pensions, have contributed to the trend of financially strapped retirees.
originally posted by: RickyD
This is what happens when you don't properly save and plan for your own retirement. My parents and grandparents did not grow up rich at all yet all are retired save my mom and they all have great insurance and all have health issues requiring procedures and medicines that aren't exactly cheap...yet some how they are able to still provide for themselves because of saving and planning for their future. Why should I be reaponsible for others poor planning?