Where Do I Find Help for My Aging Parents? (by Joey Goddard)

To Whom It May Concern,

I’m writing this letter so we Americans may get more financial help for caring for our

elderly and aging parents.  As it stands right now, there is a $3,000 maximum deduction

to help with expenses during the year for aging dependents or care for them.  If someone

has to have a person come into their house to care for their elderly dependent it could cost

upwards of $200+ daily.  If someone has to have 24 hour care, this would cost $3,000+ a

month.  There would be no way I would be able to afford either of these.  I make a

average of $45,000 a year with dependents of my own.  With this cost, you see it’s

impossible for someone making an average income to pay for such costs.  My friend

Debbies’ mother is in an assisted living facility.  Her sister and Debbie are paying out of

their pocket $2,500 a month for this care of their mother.  They are barely able to feed

and cloth themselves with this amount of responsibility.


Please consider writing a bill to help these people caring for their aging parents.  We

Americans need your help desperately.  The annual deduction as it stands isn’t an

adequate amount to help with the growing amount that is needed to care for them.

I would be able to provide you with numerous signatures to help you get this bill up and

going.  Would the signatures be beneficial to our goal?  I know there are a lot of people

wanting to bring this to your attention.  Please let me know if there is anything further I can do to help you in writing this bill.

Your prompt attention is greatly appreciated.


Joey L. Goddard


Research Question: Where can I find help financially or emotionally for my aging parents?



ADRC-Aging and Disability Resource Connection of Oregon.

I went to this website to find help for my aging parents and there was an abundance ofinformation to help me.  There are many ways that ADRC can help with the care of elderly parents or friends: Help in your home, Community Health and Social Services, Caregiver resources, Information & Assistance and Service Coordination, Licensed Residential Care Facilities, and Nursing facilities.

This website helps so much with my research question.  There are so many different resources out there to help with aging parents and the elderly.  Elderly are in need of help whether it be assistance with preparing food, transportation or just a friendly face to talk to.


Helping my aging parents financially and mentally

This article was about a women that was taking care of both of her aging parents.  She was retired and helping her father take care of her mother that had a chronic health issue. Then when her father unexpectedly became ill she had to take care of both of them.  This was a 24 hour job and she wasn’t fully prepared for it.  It consumes a lot of your time and energy and she had her own things she had to take care of.  She got in contact with Amy, a representative of ADRC.  Amy put her mind at ease because she let her know there were many ways to provide her parents some much needed care in their home and gave her a bunch of information.  Susan was able to get her parents into a residential care facility and Susan received counseling to help point her in the right direction.

This article showed me that there are a lot of ways to get elderly the help they need. There are a lot of resources out there to help aid people who are searching for ways to help their elderly parents adjust to care in and out of their home.


Food and nutritional help

This website provides information on how to help seniors and people with disabilities meet their basic needs.  The Food Stamp program is a federal nutrition program that provides benefits to people who have low incomes.  The goal of this program is to help improve the health and well being of low-income households and individuals by providing them with nutritional food.   By being eligible for food stamps they may be eligible for other program benefits as well.

This website provided information that can help so many elderly that are on a fixed income.  Some of them may not of even known they were eligible for this kind of state help.


Long-term Care

This website helps people who can no longer meet their own daily needs with help inside their home or in a care facility.  Long-term care can be very expensive but there are many different options to choose from.  There are federal and state programs that can help with the cost of Long-term care.  There are many ways to fund the care: Spousal impoverishment, Long-term care insurance, Medicaid, and Oregon project independence.

After reading this information on this website I learned there are so many ways to help your aging parents financially.  For many elderly Americans that live on a fixed income there is relief to know that there are many programs that can help them many different ways.




  1. Troy

    Your story and facts seem sound, and all goes well throughout your letter, but it would be more effective if you put other stories/thoughts or quotes alongside your story. Bring in more facts on exactly why most Americans can’t afford the cost of care. Another thing to note, is that your conclusion is okay, but it feels like it belongs to a larger piece of writing. If you were to make the letter 2 more paragraphs (or so,) longer, it would fit and bring about a better end. If you don’t want to make it very much longer, I would make the conclusion shorter.
    One thing your story does do well, is get right to the point; something very important in all letters when trying to convince. It’s short and blatant, reveling your purpose very early, showing your reader that you are there to get things done quickly, and not to play with words. Also, using yourself as an example in your paper is great, but you must remember the negative sides to doing it. As long you can tailor your letter a bit more to your style and play, the personal examples may really prove to be helpful in convincing your reader.

  2. Brittney

    Your topic really stood out to me. I commend you for picking a tough yet powerful research area. It is crazy to me how expensive elder care is! There is and will be the biggest population of elders there ever has been, and it is insane to me that there is so little in means of protection for them and their families.
    Your strengths are your research, obviously. You really taught me a lot with your brief letter. To criticize, which is quite difficult, the only thing I can think of are small grammatical errors.
    Thanks again for your posting.

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