Kimberly Hayes Taylor
Kimberly Hayes Taylor is a national award-winning veteran journalist who specializes in health writing. Also an author and speaker, she is based in Detroit.
Initially, when Mary Lou Blakeney began collecting her Social Security benefits 18 months ago, it meant extra money for dining out, concerts, plays and traveling.
That abruptly changed a few months ago when the retired nurse and her husband of 38 years separated, and decided to divorce. Now, the 67-year-old who lives in High Point, N.C., uses her social security money to pay for life’s basics such as food, utilities, medicine and trips to the doctor.