Issues

Aging

During the past decade, the overall poverty rate for Americans age 65 and older has held steady at about 10 percent. A closer look, however, reveals drastically higher rates of poverty among older women, and racial and ethnic minorities. Those numbers are likely to increase during the deepening recession, with millions of financially-vulnerable older Americans at-risk of falling into poverty. This segment of the web site seeks to highlight the financial challenges facing older Americans and to identify approaches to improving their economic security through workforce development, asset building and public benefits such as Social Security and Medicaid. Below you will find the latest research, news and opinion on aging and poverty from experts in the field, policy makers and the media.