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American Seniors Affected by Skyrocketing Fuel Prices

The steep hike in gas and fuel prices has all kinds of negative implications for our nation’s seniors. It’s bad enough for those older Americans with jobs who need their cars to get to work. It’s even worse for seniors on fixed incomes who have to pay more for their food because of higher transportation costs.

High gas prices are forcing people to make some tough choices as the average price per gallon is climbing over $4. Some seniors say they’re even giving up expensive medicine and limiting trips to the doctor to stay on budget.

AMAC wants to know how you are being affected by skyrocketing fuel prices. How has your daily routine changed as a result of the added expense, and do you have any suggestions for your fellow members on how to cope with the financial hardship? Share your stories on our comment board below.

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Gregory Zimmerman
4 years 5 months ago

WHO CARES ABOUT SENIORS? CERTAINLY NOT THE CONGRESS. THE BIG CONCERN HERE IS HOODIES! THIS COUNTRY IS FAST BECOMING A 3RD WORLD BANANA SOCIALIST DUMP. I WONDER HOW THE APES LEADING THIS DECLINE WILL LIKE BEING PAID IN BANANAS. THE DOLLAR WILL BE WORTHLESS.

Sondra
4 years 5 months ago
I’m nearly 73 y/o and am grateful to still be working parttime. I am like many others, have chosen to live in more rural area which means timing trips to town (25 miles each way), limiting some of the “fun” things once able to do. Have purchased heritage seeds to plant my garden (to save seeds to be used next year, thus not having to repurchase seeds), am getting six chickens for eggs, and grinding my own wheat for bread. More healthful living without making as many trips into town. Concerns for taxes for grandchildren in the future, no job availabilities for locals, unrest in every group. VOTE, VOTE, VOTE . . . know your issues and discuss with neighbors, keep informed to be able to discuss intelligently the areas we are at risk (seems most everyone is at risk in one way or another). Social Security only stretches so… Read more »
DOGLOVER
4 years 5 months ago
UNITE ALL AMERICANS SIGN UP TO VOTE AND DO IT IN THE LOCAL AND PRIMARY RACES SINCE I BECAME A CITIZEN IN 1975 I HAVE ALL WAYS VOTED IN ALL ELECTIONS AND UNTIL ALL NATURAL BORN AMERICANS TAKE PRIDE AND VOTE THEY CANT CONTROL THE US GOVERNMENT AND CONGRESS IT IS THE POWER OFF ALL PEOPLE TO CHANGE THE WAY THEY WANT TO LIVE THE GOVERNMENT BEEN SMART NO THIS SO WILL ALL WAY’S WIN AND IN A COUNTRY THAT HAS FREEDOM OF CHOICE THIS TO ME SHOULD SHAME THOSE WHO DON’T OR ARE TO LAZY THIS TO ME MAKE NO SENSE TO ME WHERE I COME FROM YOU HAD TO VOTE BUT THERE LIVES ARE BETTER THEN HERE SO WHEN I RETIRE I WILL GO HOME BUT I LOVE THIS COUNTRY TO BUT MY FAMILY WILL VISIT NOT STAY AND I WANT TO BE WITH THEM AS I HOLD… Read more »
Virgo Vince
4 years 5 months ago

That’s how it is when you’re stuck on limited low-income and nowhere to go, but lower!!
Frugal is the name of the game, but there’s a limit to that, too!! How much can we do without??
I’m hoping WE never have to find out!! Some of us are unable to do part-time work to help out!!

Bob Fritz
4 years 5 months ago

You must take into consideration the fact that to liberal progressives, the elderly, since they no longer contribute to the state, waste everything they consume. To the progressives, those who do not contribute are a burden that should be eliminated ie; quietly giving elderly patients a little extra medication to help them sleep, permanantly. Anyone who cares more about the worship of mother nature, than they do about the quality of life of those who came before and paved the way for them, doesn’t give a d—- about the fact that many must choose between; medicine, food, or energy for heat and transportation. Keep listening to the liberal lies about conservatives wanting to end social security etc., and voting for the progressive liberals, and they will soon have panels to decide whether you are worth keeping alive.

Bob Andretta
4 years 5 months ago

If this was during George Bush’s term the libs would saying that seniors are forced to eat cat food.

Doug
4 years 5 months ago

Actually the cat food eating was during Jimmy Carter’s tenure.

Doug
4 years 5 months ago

Yes, It was during the Carter era. He was also the one to give SS to immigarnts who never paid a cent into the system.

Mary Anna
4 years 5 months ago

I live in a senior living complex (Sebring, OH) where free transportation to the grocery stores and Walmart, etc. are available. I still have my car, but seldom use it. Will get rid of it soon.

Wonder Warthog
4 years 5 months ago

Almost every thing I buy needs a 5-15 mile trip. I’m on a fixed SSD, and I just can’t afford my own freedom anymore, let alone just go fishing!
Every trip has to be carefully planned or wait until it can be co-ordinated with other trips to make the money spent worthwhile. I have always done this but now, my infrequent trips are even fewer, and even more must be accomplished to justify the expense.
TIP: Try to plan your driving to make only right turns, thereby eliminating time spent waiting for traffic or signals!

John Peterson
4 years 5 months ago

More of Obama will destroy the United States.

Doug
4 years 5 months ago

He’s working on it! Just give him another four years!

C. D. Sears
4 years 5 months ago

I don’t live in a rural area. I live in the suburbs, but also have to make a 40 miles round trip to my Cardiologist, as well as My Vascular Dr, and 20 miles round trip to my Internist. I am a widow on limited pension benefits, with big city expenses. My children & grandchildren do not live within commuting distance. Am still independently living in
my home….greatly blessed at age 86, but becoming fearful that our freedoms of choice
of anything we’ve always had, have been eroding over these past 3 years, and if things
remain after the November election, we will ALL be doomed to servitude. I pray for change.

Wonder Warthog
4 years 5 months ago

I’m right there down on my knees (for as long as I can stand the pain) beside you C.D.

Bruce Lee
4 years 5 months ago

If the Congress and president had to cut their salaries way back like the rest of the Americans, and had all their benefits reduced or removed they would make alot of changes in their actions…

Ellen
4 years 5 months ago

I totally agree with you!!!!

Wonder Warthog
4 years 5 months ago

Like, no government transportation? And no decent affordable health ins.?

Gypsy George
4 years 5 months ago

This President is dead set on ruining this nation,and that has been his goal from the get go.
He is following the Saul Alinsky play book. Just my humble opinion

Wonder Warthog
4 years 5 months ago

You have good instincts.
NOBAMA IN 2012!!!

DOGLOVER
4 years 5 months ago

OBARMA NEEDS TO RESIGN HE JUST LEAKED THAT ISRAIL WAS GOING TO START TAKING OUT .IRAN’S NUCLEAR PLANTS. I TRUST NO ONE WHO WANTS TO TELL AMERICANS THEY HAVE TO BUY HEALTH INSURANCE AND WHO IS UP CHINA’S AND RUSSIA’S BEHINDS I HAVE NEVER TRUSSED A PRESENT LIKE HIM FROM THE BEGINNING EYES TELL A STORY AND HIS I CANT TRUST AT ALL AND ARRP ARE THE SAME THATS WHY I AM NOW ONE OF THE MILLION IN THE NEW CLUB……

Jack F. Samuelson
4 years 5 months ago

People should wake up. It’s not just the price of fuel to run your vehicle, but the fact that everything we use moves from burning fossil fuel. The government and their liberal media cronies are reporting or better yet, not reporting the inflated costs of groceries and consumer products from the increased cost of fuel. We are being led down the “Primrose path” by Obama and his socialist administration.

DOGLOVER
4 years 5 months ago

MAN DID YOU HIT THIS STORY RIGHT I HAVE BEEN AWARE OF THIS FOR A YEAR BUT TRY AND EXPLAIN THIS TO PEOPLE WHO DON’T KNOW THERE RIGHT FROM LEFT BUT WHEN THEY WAKE UP IT WILL BE TO LATE..?????????

Doug
4 years 5 months ago

When you can’t afford to buy groceries or meds…remember to be kind and thank a Liberal!

Dave
4 years 5 months ago

With plastic a petroleum product,watch how things made,wrapped in shrink wrap, etc. skyrocket

Barbara
4 years 5 months ago

The overall CPI for February was 2.9%. Anyone who believes that hasn’t been to the grocery store for a year. I am a single 71 year old independent minded female, and I thought I would be okay with the savings and investments I managed to acquire. I am, however, having to make serious cuts in my standard of living, and I feel certain inflation is unstoppable. Finding a job at 71 is near to impossible, and I am, for the first time in my life, afraid for my future. The really sad thing is that I know I am not alone.

daniel c.
4 years 5 months ago

DRILL

Wonder Warthog
4 years 5 months ago

Amen.

Earl J
4 years 5 months ago

It’s watching the changes that companies are making to cope with this struggling economy such as amending employee benefits. I don’t like what I’m seeing at my workplace right now but if some benefits aren’t downsized then I could be out of a job. No, President Obama you don’t feel our pain since you’re the one whose inflicting it!

Rebecca
4 years 5 months ago
I’m being affected in EVERY WAY ! Gas prices go up, food prices go up, and my fixed income sits and just gins away aimlessly which means any savings is being depleted. OH YEAH… that’s HIS GOAL !!! Bankrupt the people and the entire nation so he can go in and scoop up everything because of unpaid taxes. This is beginning to sound like Robin Hood days but he sure is NO ROBIN HOOD !!! Ron Paul is our only hope because none of the other GOP “hopeless” are going to be any different. (notice I didn’t say hopefuls). They’re mindset is POWER for themselves… to h*** with WE THE PEOPLE !!! A sad senior who is prepping to save the little bit she has.
Wonder Warthog
4 years 5 months ago

Prep well, and maybe you won’t have to worry so much.
And I DO agree that Dr. Paul is the right man at the right time. It only remains to be seen whether the big-shots @ GOP actually DO care about “we the people.” And if Dr. Paul can defeat our Liar-In-Chief.

Archie the Gopher Guy in Rural Central Washington
4 years 5 months ago

Living in a rural area my wife & I drive 40 miles round trip for a routine visit with our physician. Grocery shopping requires a 25 mile round trip to the store. The U S Post Office is 17 miles round trip. The cost of auto fuel is becoming an issue for both necessary things as well as recreational opportunities.

Joseph
4 years 5 months ago

The problem is that if the federal government really cared enough they could solve the problems in a day, but they don’t.

Wonder Warthog
4 years 5 months ago

BINGO!!!

Clifford
4 years 2 months ago

Na netyciomis atdarau si puslapi (ieskojau kaip pasigaminti paprasciausia guliasa) nuostabus puslapis, nes negaliu pakesti tu sudetingu ir grieztu receptu puslapiu, kur paskaits jautiesi visisku neismanliu, nesu juk vireja net is tolo, bet kazkodel didziaja laisvalaikio dali praleidziu virtuveje, ziauru, bet nieko pakeisti neimanoma. Vyras prie puodu ne is tolo nesiartina jam kaip stop zlenklas prie virtuve (nors ji kartu su svetaine), na zodziu nepapasakoti rasau o tik norejau pasidziaugti kad toki faina puslapiuka atdarau.

Wanda
4 years 5 months ago

I live in a very rural area. The nearest shopping area is probably 25 miles away with a small grocery store about 3 miles away. For this senior citizen the gas price (which is $3.91 per gallon) is eating heavily into my meager retirement.
My greatest joy in life has been visiting my children and grandchildren. Unfortunately, they all live considerable distances away therefore I have had to cut down on the family visits. My husband and I do not go out to dinner or spend money on any other type entertainment.
I buy everything on sale and the money I save is often shared with a struggling family member.
It’s not just Seniors feeling the crunch- Everyone’s salary is frozen, and people with children always have unexpected expenses.
We endure by telling ourselves “only 9 more months”.

Wonder Warthog
4 years 5 months ago

Please Lord, make it so.

Dave
4 years 5 months ago

AMEN!!

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