How are the senior citizens supposed to live? My mother is 83 years old and has a hard time getting by on her Social Security. Last fall her electric bill was pretty high so she called her supplier. They suggested putting her on a budget for the year. She was doing fine then they sent her a notice that she was more than $400.00 behind. Her grandson gave her $400.00 to catch it up and she thought that was nice of him to help out. She called her supplier and told them she was gonna pay her monthly bill + the $400.00 she was behind. Today I took her to her doctor visit and on the way to pick her up I got her mail.