Retirement is not "golden" for all older adults. Many times, retirement is a faraway dream for the over 23 million older Americans who are economically insecure―living at or below 250% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). This demographic struggles each day with rising housing costs, substantial healthcare bills, diminished savings, and job loss. For older adults who are above the poverty level, just one major adverse life event can change today's realities into tomorrow's troubles. We've seen it happen time and time again.
The National Council on Aging of NJ is working hard to help people 55 and older who have found themselves in situations they never thought would happen to them. Perhaps they were sick for a time and now have a gap in employment, or maybe they had to take care of a disabled spouse or older parents, or perhaps they were laid off and still can't find work. It's extremely difficult when jobs are so scarce, ageism is rampant, and employers are receiving hundreds (if not thousands) of resumes for one job. We believe these stressors contribute to a lowering of self-esteem, a feeling of hopelessness, and just plain despair. DON'T GIVE UP. We are here for you! Please feel free to contact us by email or call us at 732-367-7111. We will let you know if you are eligible for our program. It's important to note that you must be 55 or older, unemployed, at or below poverty level income, and have reliable transportation. Please reach out to us, and let us help you through these very difficult times. That's our job. That's our passion. We want to help any way we can!