Dolores Westfall, 79, recently profiled in The Los Angeles Times, unfortunately, is like too many older Americans these days.
In 2008, during the Great Recession, Westfall lost her home and her footing in the American middle class. (“Studies show that older single women are the most financially vulnerable,” The Los Angeles Times reports. “They make less than male workers, and those that take time off to have children often miss chances for seniority and pay raises.”)
With just $1,200 monthly income from Social Security and $190 a month from a pension, Westfall ended up selling her possessions and hitting the open road in an aging RV, less by choice and more by necessity. She takes odd jobs from state to state, barely getting by.
“I want to live life as much as I can,” Westfall says. “Before I don’t have any.”