Report: Mountain State ranked second worst state to grow old in

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HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - A new report suggests the quality of life for seniors is low, ranking the Mountain State as the second worst state to grow old.

The report from 24/7 Wall St. shows that just 16.9% of residents age 65 and older have a Bachelor's degree, falling far short of the 26.7% of seniors nationwide.

The report also found that 9.5% of residents 65 and older live below the poverty line, which is just above the 9.2% elderly poverty rate nationwide.

"Do you realize how many people there are who are only making $700 a month?" Barbara Oldaker asked rhetorically, when questioned about the report.

Oldaker is an employee with the Harrison County Senior Center. She works closely with the Mountaineer Food Bank. Together with her colleague, Debbie Glaspell, they help serve more than 2,300 clients. And they say the numbers keep rising.

"There are a couple ladies who looked at me and said that if it wasn't for us, they would probably be eating cat food," Glaspell recalled.

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CORRECTION: The story previously stated that Oldaker was a co-chair of the Mountaineer Food Bank. She works with the MFB, but is an employee with the Harrison County Senior Center. The article has been changed to reflect this. 5 News regrets the error.