Patty is 63-years-old, almost 64. She’s proud of her age. When she was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at age 55, doctors told her she wouldn’t be functioning at age 60, yet here she is.
Patty lives on the east end of Cuyahoga County and attends the Senior Market program in Solon, Ohio. There, she’s able to get fresh fruits and vegetables – and that helps with being able to afford her medical bills. While she’s functioning, she still has to take multiple medications a day – and the costs add up. “My medication was $800 a month. And I was paying cash. That’s more than I pay for rent,” she told us.
Fortunately, her daughter has helped her find discounts for the medicine, but Patty still struggles to make ends meet since she lives on a fixed income below the poverty level. “I couldn’t survive without coming to the Food Bank,” she says.
Patty isn’t the only senior facing the tough choice between paying for food and necessary medical care. That’s why the Food Bank is working to expand our senior programming, including Senior Markets that bring free, fresh produce to seniors in need.
“I depend on this. I’m disabled and have no income,” Patty shares with us. And she’s grateful to people who support the Senior Market program. “I don’t know that they realize what an impact they have on other people’s lives,” she says. Thank you for supporting seniors in need like Patty.