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WISH Act and UMass Boston’s Marc Cohen Hope to Transform American Elder Care

Marc Cohen and other academics and policy analysts saw the writing on the wall years ago. With roughly 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day, a decades-old medical and financial storm is now on the horizon when it comes to how… Continue Reading →

Elder Index at Work: Helping Boston’s Age-Friendly Plan Take Aim at Economic Insecurity

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 →

Boston’s Older Population: Increasing in Racial Diversity, but Quality of Life is Shaped by Racism, Discrimination

A new report from UMass Boston identifies aging equity among Boston residents The number of Boston residents aged 60 and older has increased by more than one-third in the last eight years and more than half of older residents are… Continue Reading →

Elder Index at Work: Helping Improve Access to Medicare Savings Programs in Massachusetts

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 →

Pension Rights

Help is available to secure your pension Whether your retirement is close at hand or years away, you’re likely counting on savings and other income sources you’ve maintained to provide you with a comfortable and secure life after working for… Continue Reading →

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 →

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