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March 27, 2013

Health problems had Ms. A living on just $11,284 per year in Social Security Disability Insurance.

At 63, she had to leave her job at an insurance company in Mercer County, NJ. After she recovered, she knew she had to find a better way to make ends meet.

She visited NCOA's New Jersey Mature Worker Resource Center—and her life began to turn around.

She enrolled in NCOA's Savvy Saving Seniors® workshop and learned concrete tips to better manage her money and create a realistic budget.

She signed up for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) where she got job training and help finding work.

And she got a BenefitsCheckUp®, which identified a host of benefits she was eligible for but not receiving.

Combined, these programs helped Ms. A more than double her income over two years—from $11,284 to $25,844.

She found a permanent job as an office manager paying $14,560 per year. She also began to receive:

  • $120 a month in SNAP benefits to help pay for nutritious food
  • $25 a month in LIHEAP energy assistance to help pay for heat
  • $50 a month for a cell phone
  • $50 a month to help pay for prescriptions

Today, Ms. A has a little money left over each month to deposit in a savings account—and she's once more economically secure. 

I

want to live in a country where

older adults don't have to choose between paying for medicine or food.

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