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Elder Index Shows Limits of Social Security to Help Older Adults Afford Basic Cost of Living

Social Security is a critical economic resource for most older Americans but those payments don’t cover even a bare-bones budget in a single county in the United States. The degree to which Social Security payments can help elders make ends… Continue Reading →

Nearly Two-Thirds of Older Black Americans Can’t Afford to Live Alone Without Help – and it’s Even Tougher for Latinos

This article originally appeared on The Conversation, a non-profit independent online news organization. By Jan Mutchler Older Americans who want to live independently face serious economic challenges. Half who live alone don’t have enough income to afford even a bare-bones… Continue Reading →

Elder Index at Work: Defending Property Tax-Relief Programs for Older Homeowners in New Jersey

This article is one in a series of stories about how people across the country are using the Elder Index to understand the true cost of living for older adults and its economic implications. If you know someone who would… Continue Reading →

UMass Boston Report Finds Far Greater Rates of Economic Insecurity Among Older Adults of Color

The challenging goal of elder economic security – having enough income to live independently and afford a no-frills budget in later life —  is dramatically more difficult for older adults of color across America, new research from the University of… Continue Reading →

Economic Hardship From COVID-19 Will Hit Minority Seniors the Most

This article first appeared over the summer on The Conversation website. Marc Cohen is co-director of the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston. Jane Tavares is a research fellow at the center. By Marc Cohen and Jane Tavares For Americans 60… Continue Reading →

Gerontology Institute teams with CANALA for Project to Improve Economic Opportunities for Older People of Color

AARP Foundation has awarded a grant to the Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston for a two-year project to increase access to economic opportunities for older people of color in the greater Boston area. The $288,000 grant will… Continue Reading →

Journal Special Edition Dedicated to COVID-19 and Older Adults: Lessons From the Pandemic

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on older adults around the world has been nothing short of breathtaking. Like any sudden crisis, it begs a few common questions: What actually happened and how did we respond? What lessons should we… Continue Reading →

COAs and COVID-19: Managing New Issues on Communications, Food Security and Volunteerism

The Gerontology Institute’s Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging is publishing a series of blog posts to follow the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Councils on Aging across Massachusetts.  We encourage COA readers to tell us… Continue Reading →

How Healthy Aging Data Report Can Contribute to Fight Against COVID-19 in Massachusetts

A research team at the McCormack Graduate School’s Gerontology Institute published its most recent edition of the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Data Report late in 2018. The report provided detailed information on the health status of older adults across the state…. Continue Reading →

PAC Case Study: Defending Retiree After Pension Plan Sent Her $37,000 Bill for Error it Made Long Ago

The Gerontology Institute’s Pension Action Center is part of the McCormack Graduate School at UMass Boston. It provides free legal assistance to low- and moderate-income workers, retirees and their survivors in the six New England states and Illinois whose pension benefits have… Continue Reading →

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