Status: 29.11.2023, 15:45 PM
By: Kathrin Hauser
Increasingly, seniors – like here in this symbolic image – have to count every penny they spend. © Archive
Poverty in old age does not stop at the villages. Because more and more needy seniors have turned to the community and asked for help, the "Bürgerstiftung Hohenpeißenberg" has now set up a pool to help.
Hohenpeißenberg – "We were lucky this year that there was a good amount of donations," says Hohenpeißenberg Mayor Thomas Dorsch about the "Hohenpeißenberg Community Foundation". Because the foundation has received various donations this year, various Hohenpeißenberg associations and organizations will receive a donation (report to follow).
For the first time this year, a pool was set up from which needy seniors can be helped "quickly and unbureaucratically", as Dorsch explained. This pot was provided by the community foundation because some elderly people who could no longer make ends meet had turned to the municipality and the mayor.
Some are no longer able to make ends meet financially
So far, these seniors have been able to cope to some extent, but after prices have risen in various areas in recent years, they can no longer afford the cost of living. "Primarily older ladies are affected," Dorsch said. Some had officially turned to the municipality, others he had learned from his circle of acquaintances, said the mayor: "An elderly woman told me that she could no longer buy anything to eat because she had run out of money."
Poverty in old age primarily affects women because they – especially in previous generations – have taken on a lot of unpaid work in their families, which has brought them little or nothing in terms of pensions. Many also had part-time jobs that were not subject to contributions. "Most of them have worked all their lives and it's still not enough now," said Dorsch: "We at the community foundation have thought about what support is possible in these cases."
Old-age poverty primarily affects women
That's when the idea for the pool was born, which can be used to bridge bottlenecks quickly and easily. "This is primarily about spontaneous help," the mayor said. For example, in cases like that of the woman who could no longer buy anything to eat. Permanent support is not possible. In the case of senior citizens who turn to the municipality with the desire for short-term financial support, it can then also be seen whether they have exhausted all possibilities for state aid, said Dorsch. There may be an entitlement to housing benefit or something similar. Until this is then paid, it can also be bridged from the pot of the community foundation, according to the mayor. Seniors in need could contact him directly or the municipal administration. It will then be examined on a case-by-case basis how and to what extent help can be provided.
The "Bürgerstiftung Hohenpeißenberg" was founded in 2011 in order to be able to promote activities that serve the common good. According to the municipality's website, it realizes "non-profit and charitable foundation purposes, insofar as it fulfills municipal tasks of its own sphere of activity". The mayor is one of the members of the board of trustees.