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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 →

Transforming the Future of Aging

Bei Wu works toward improving health status through research and policy If the world of academic gerontology had a rock star, it would be Bei Wu, MS ‘97, PhD ’00. Recognized for her extensive research and pursued by top tier… Continue Reading →

Celebrate the New Year with a Free Film Series

Programs offering community for older adults available online through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UMass Boston Watching a funny movie and discussing it with others may seem like an activity we can’t participate in given the Covid-19 pandemic. But, the… 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 →

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 →

Reach Out Massachusetts Mobilizes Communities to Combat Social Isolation

The desire to spend time alone is a natural and even healthy urge. But, seeking time alone and social isolation, are not the same. Social isolation — defined as a lack of social connections — is considered a serious public… 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 →

Remembering Frank Caro: Inspiring Leader and Key Figure in Development of UMass Boston Gerontology Program

By Len Fishman and Jeffrey Burr The field of gerontology has lost a pioneer with the death of Professor Emeritus Frank Caro, an inspiring and beloved figure at UMass Boston. He died on October 2, at age 84. Frank was… Continue Reading →

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