My mother’s life is harder now that her pensions and social security were cut back. Several of the companies she had spent years of her life working at folded and could no longer honor their past employees’ benefits packages. It was also strange when policies changed on her social security benefits and caused that source of income to shrink as well. I hope that I eventually start making enough money where I can completely support her as well as myself. For now I have to be content with only helping her with my time and labor. I’ll get her groceries for her when I’m out shopping and I bring them over to her apartment. With how limited she is with money these days, many things in her home have fallen into disrepair. She had multiple light bulbs that had been out for weeks and a bucket under the kitchen sink collecting water from a leaking p-trap. Worst of all, her air conditioner wasn’t working. I noticed it almost the second I walked through her front door. It broke my heart when she told me that she couldn’t afford to get the coil fixed, so she has had to leave it off. She had fans going in every room and every single window open as well. It’s 90 degrees outdoors right now with little wind in the afternoons. I used what little money I had on my credit card and paid to have her broken a/c coil fixed so she could cool her home once again. It’s horrible seeing her suffer in her old age with barely any money to survive.