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Elder Index: Social Security benefits still don’t cover basic living expenses for many older Americans

The National Council on Aging’s Equity in Aging Collaborative will work with the Gerontology Institute to train advocates on using the Elder Index for more accurate, regionally specific benchmarks of economic security. Nearly a quarter of all Americans age 65… Continue Reading →

Gender and Money in Later Life: How Older Women Face Greater Economic Insecurity than Men

Most older women spent their working lives behind the economic curve. They were typically paid less than men when at work and more likely to provide family care that reduced employment opportunities. Their economic situation doesn’t improve in later life…. Continue Reading →

The Pandemic’s Long-Term Impacts on Food Insecurity Among Older Adults, and the Benefit of Federal Help

A tragic aspect of the pandemic’s prolonged economic downturn – the rising rate of food insecurity in the United States – could impact older, poorer adults and their families for years to come, according to a study by researchers at… Continue Reading →

Health Affairs: The Middle Ground For Fixing Long-Term Care Costs: The WISH Act

Our Marc Cohen and co-author Stuart M. Butler published the following piece this week in Health Affairs, revisiting some of the issues we wrote about earlier while taking a deeper look at this long-standing problem. The Middle Ground for Fixing… Continue Reading →

Jan Mutchler to head UMass Boston Gerontology Institute

Professor Jan Mutchler, a faculty member at University of Massachusetts Boston for more than 20 years and the founding Director of the Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging (CSDRA), has been appointed director of the Gerontology Institute at… 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 →

New Report Ranks Elder Economic Insecurity in 100 Largest U.S. Metro Areas

Older adults in every one of America’s large metropolitan areas face serious challenges affording their local cost of living. But the scale of economic insecurity varies dramatically, depending on what city those older adults call home. A new report by… 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 →

Elder Index at Work: Helping Advocates Address Healthcare Affordability in Washington State

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 →

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 →

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