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.”
“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
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
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.
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).