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Growing Older With HIV: What Concerns You Most?


Lynda Arnold

Lynda Arnold

Blogger, Los Angeles, Calif.

I am most concerned about continuing to receive social security benefits as well as comprehensive health care as I get older. Dealing with medical issues that arise as part of the aging process and then those as part of the HIV disease process can be tricky to sort out and then treat without proper, attentive medical care.

I also worry about economic stability since I have been labeled permanently disabled and have been out of the workforce for so long; if that changes due to a longer life expectancy I worry about what meaningful and gainful employment I would be able to find in a whole new modern world in which I have not been able to keep my skills current due to my disease process.

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