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SENIOR POVERTY

But What Does the Census Say about Senior Poverty?

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Take a quick look at the official numbers, and you might think the Census Bureau’s recent release of poverty statistics for 2015 is all good news. The official poverty rate for seniors decreased 1.2 percentage points to 8.8%, and the median household income increased 4.3%, to $38,515. We saw decreases in the poverty rates for African American, Hispanic, and Asian seniors as well. With all these positive numbers it’s easy to believe that everything is going well, and poverty is becoming less of a problem. Read More

Protecting Vulnerable Adults: Making Improvements to SSA’s Representative Payee Program

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Currently, there are over 10 million older adults who rely exclusively on Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits to meet their daily housing, food, and medical needs. For many individuals over the age of 65, SSI benefits are their only source of income available. There is no doubt that every single penny of their modest $733 monthly benefit amount is needed to make ends meet. Due to increasing awareness of financial elder abuse and cognitive impairments—such as Alzheimer’s—more seniors are looking to additional supports to help them manage their own benefits. Read More

Fighting poor nutrition among California seniors – with a food truck

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The Sacramento Bee: Fighting poor nutrition among California seniors – with a food truck (7/17/2016) California is a leading state of senior poverty, wherein 1 in 5 adults older than 65 cannot afford basic needs. As food insecurity rises among low-income California older adults, a food truck is providing some relief to seniors in San Diego county. The food truck provides healthy, affordable meals and fresh produce. Justice in Aging’s Executive Director Kevin Prindiville says that “what’s different about being old and poor versus young and poor is you have fewer options.”

Aging, Women and Poverty in California: A forum to discuss the needs of older Californians

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“It is imperative we separate the insidiousness of economic inequality from the value and purposefulness of those living in poverty.”

Paul Downey, Chair California Commission on Aging and President/CEO, Serving Seniors

“Sixty-six percent of seniors in poverty are women, women who cared for us, clothed us, housed us…it is immoral…we must do more.”

California State Senator Kevin de León

“We must invest in the social safety net.”

Denise Likar, Independence at Home
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National Study Highlights Importance of Public Programs in Narrowing Life Expectancy Gap

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“The end game faced by American seniors is defined in part by an un-level playing field, filled with resource disparities operating on both the individual and neighborhood levels.” This theory described by sociologist Corey Abramson, that inequality shapes aging, gained momentum this week with the release of a major study on life expectancy inequality in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Read More

Aging in Film and TV: Writing the ‘World as it Actually Is’

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By Emma Ayers and Fay Gordon

[Editor’s note: This post was originally published 2/29/16 on American Society on Aging’s AgeBlog.]  

Each day, we see the impacts of aging, whether within ourselves or in conversations with family and friends. But when we curl up at the end of the day, and escape into the world of streaming TV and film, the images reflected back at us paint a picture far different from reality.

Unfortunately, as we were reminded during last night’s Academy Awards, the stories told in films, and the actors telling those stories, often fail to reflect the diversity of experience in this country. In 2015’s top grossing films, aging was portrayed through the eyes of a wealthy businessman (The Intern), adventurous globetrotting pensioners (The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and a woman who physically cannot age (The Age of Adeline). Read More

Your Call: The economic realities of retiring

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KALW Local Public Radio: Your Call: The economic realities of retiring (2/16/2016) On February 17, the radio talk show Your Call with Rose Aguilar on KALW, a Bay Area NPR affiliate, welcomed Justice in Aging Attorney Amber Cutler on her show to talk about senior poverty, and what retirement means in a time of declining pensions and savings, benefit cuts, rising inequality, and higher health care, food, and housing costs.

What You (And the WHCOA) Missed Last Week

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If you were out of the office last week enjoying the Holidays and ringing in the New Year you may have missed two important news items.

The first, an Atlantic article, projects a shocking rise in senior poverty between now and 2050. Renowned economist, Teresa Ghilarducci from the New School for Social Research, used current rates of senior poverty to determine that unless we take action now to strengthen our country’s retirement system, 25 million elderly Americans will be poor in 2050. That’s more people than the entire populations of Florida, New York, and 46 other states (only California and Texas currently have more than 25 million people living in them).

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Hanging in the Balance: a day in the life of a low-income senior and her family caregiver

By | Alzheimer's & Dementia, BLOG, Health Care, HOMEPAGE, In-Home Supportive Services, Medicaid, Medicare, SENIOR POVERTY | No Comments
In honor of November as National Caregivers Month, I want to tell you about Margaret and Sadie. I went to Old Bridge Township, New Jersey last month to meet with them and hear stories of what it’s like to be a daughter caring for your low-income mother as she ages in her home and what it’s like to be that mother and grandmother and great-grandmother aging in dignity. You can watch the full video about Margaret and Sadie here. Read More