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Oct 15, 2015 5:07 PM

Social Security will not increase in 2016, hurting thousands of NH senior citizens


CONCORD - New Hampshire senior citizens say the small amount given by social security is not enough to cover medical bills, food, and cable and internet bills.

Maureen Morency is 66 years old, and has already felt the financial tension.

“You know social security the tiny bit they give us for an increase doesn’t even come close to touching those things,” said Morency.

For Morency and so many other New Hampshire senior citizens this year, there will be no social security increase in 2016 - so over 284,000 Granite State senior citizens will have to make drastic lifestyle changes.

“I had to wash my clothes by hand just to have the money to come play cards today,” said 74-year-old Madelaine Charron.

“You have to watch your pennies,” said Morency.

Morency and Charron say if they can't afford it in their lives - they get rid of it, including so-called luxuries of television. Now, they are left to sit and play penny card games.

“I cut my cable bills down by $80 dollars a month. When you think about it, it’s a lot of money every year,” said Morency.

There are some things they can’t afford to live without.

“Food goes up every year, medicines go up every year, you medical premiums go up every year,” said Morency.

The average monthly check for retired workers is about $1,334 according to AARP and as social security income stays stagnate that may mean mom and dad are moving in.

“My daughter has a beautiful home in Goffstown,” said Charro, “but it would be very difficult to live with your children today you know because I’m very independent."

“I had one daughter who wanted to do that but wanted to move out in the country. I would be stuck at home 24/7 which is not what I want to do,” said Morency.


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