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  • Writer's picturePete Garfinkel

Now they have to choose: Medicine Or Food

Now they have to choose…

Too many elderly people face hard choices in their retirement years based on their limited financial means.

Tragically, some end up having to sacrificing on their most basic resource needs which may include their medicines or even food.

Many vulnerable elderly people are reluctant to ask for help and might fear being seen as a burden to family and friends.

This is a complex problem with no easy solutions though there are opportunities to find specific resource assistance in our communities.


State and County based Social Services agencies Senior Centers County Health Departments Community Food Banks

Each community offers a number of potential assistance services which may be a benefit to people in need.

I encourage all people to make contact with your local agencies to learn what resources might be available.

Songs of Substance Project

Before becoming a songwriter I worked as a medical social worker and would visit “homebound” people where they lived to assess needs and provide resource planning assistance.

These experiences have led me to create this project in hope that it would help shed light on issues not often discussed outside of the helping professions.

To listen to the song, “Medicine or Food”

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