Senior citizens often skip meals and don’t take their medicine to save money for their heating bills. A study released by the National Low Income Energy Consortium has found that 46-percent of the elderly contacted went without food during winter months to save money to pay the heating bills. About 45-percent contacted either didn’t fill their prescriptions or didn’t take drugs to save money to pay the heating bills. Public Service Commission Chairman Steve Gaw has been reviewing the study’s results. Other coping methods used by the elderly include shutting off much of the house, using electric heaters and keeping the stove door open after cooking meals.
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