Forced to early social security, jobless pay a steep price

by Motoko Rich

Clare Keany lives in a tiny mobile home in California, barely getting by on little more than $1,082 a month from Social Security. “I would rather be functioning and having a job somewhere,” said Ms. Keany,“I really don’t enjoy living like this. I’ve got too much to do still.” Photo: Michal Czerwonka/New York Times

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — This retirement oasis in the desert has long beckoned those who want to spin out their golden years playing golf and sitting by the pool in the arid sunshine.