January 26th, 2014

By Ronald D. White

First, the cancer threatened Susan Braig’s life, then it wrecked her finances.

Now healthy at 64, Braig is worried about her future. Her primary income is the roughly $2,300 a month she gets from Social Security. Then there’s her home-based business, which brings in an average of $750 a month from jewelry making and grant writing. Her savings total less than $29,000.

“I’m one of those baby boomers who is now getting ready to face the next phase,” Braig said. “I look at it and I just want to curl up in a fetal position.

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