Getting old sucks, but eventually we all have to go through it. Some have a harder time than others. In the city of Bell, CA we met Ramiro Rosales, 74, who struggles with taking care of his health and living on a tight budget with the little money he gets from social security. “I regret not eating better and drinking less alcohol,” says Rosales. In a small plastic tool box he carries over 12 prescription medicine bottles to help him control his diabetes and high blood pressure.
The combination of health and money becomes a lot more stressful in older age according to Rosales, who says, “not saving for retirement is something I regret.” Despite not being able to walk more than a few feet, he is grateful he is still alive to see his grandchildren. He is thankful for Medicare, which does a great job of paying for all his medical needs and says a good sense of humor helps him get through his struggles. When asked if he has a message for young people today he says, “don’t neglect your health and blow your money on booze the way I did.”