Post # 1
We never got along but he was always the breadwinner of the family and my mom and brother still rely on him. He says he’s looking for a new job, but he’s nearly at retirement age and no one is going to hire him. I don’t have a lot of money but I don’t want my family to be poor either. What to do???!!!
Post # 3
I’m sorry you are going through a rough time! How old is your brother? Is it possible he can contribute? Does your mom work?
Post # 4
I’m sorry to hear that, that’s really rough. My family is going through something similar. I don’t know the particulars of your state or even if you live in the US, but if you do he should be able to qualify for unemployment benefits since it sounds like he was employed for a good amount of time. That should help at least in the short term. If it’s desperate, he might be able to apply for social security early. I think the early retirement age is 62.
There’s not much you can do besides be emotionally supportive and understanding. If it were me, I’d help in whatever small ways I could. Maybe buy them groceries whenever you can manage it, or help kick in on a bill if you can to help keep them from getting behind. I would also do some research about what kind of assisstance (government, charity, whatever) is available to them in their area. I’m sure your parents know that your finances are limited and won’t expect you to support them financially.
Post # 5
Oh I probably should have mentioned that my Mom does have a secure full time job as a nurse but her pay isn’t close to what my dad made, and my brother is a recent college graduate who works part time. They live in a big house though so I guess I’m worried that they’ll have to move out.
Post # 6
@Aquaria: I think it’s sweet you want to help and if you are financially able to then I’m sure it would be much appreciated. Sometimes people do have to change their lifestyle and/or down size when they reach retirement age. It is an unfortunate fact of life. I understand that your dad got laid off, but maybe he received a really great package? Maybe he has a lot of retirement savings? I think it is entirely possible everything could work out. He could always consult if he can’t find anything full time.