Poverty Among Seniors: Findings From Analysis of the Supplemental Poverty Measure
The Census Bureau released the supplemental poverty measure for the first time in 2011, defining income and poverty differently than the official measure. Census has reported that poverty rates among the elderly are higher under the supplemental poverty measure (15%) than under the official poverty measure (9%), which is due in large part to the fact that the former deducts health expenses from income. This analysis examines results by state. Key findings include: the share of seniors living in poverty is higher in every state under the supplemental measure and at least twice as high in 12 states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The share of seniors living in poverty under the supplemental measure is especially high in some areas. Based on the supplemental measure, about one in four seniors (26%) are living in poverty in DC and roughly one in five seniors are living in poverty in six states: California (20%); Hawaii, Louisiana, and Nevada (19%), and Georgia and New York (18%).
A New Era of Connected Aging
This report from the Center for Technology and Aging offers "A Framework for Understanding Technologies that Support Older Adults in Aging in Place" in the areas of body, home environment, community and caregiving. We are at the dawning of "connected aging” in which the growing array of Internet-based technologies and mobile devices increasingly will support older adults in aging in place. Emerging technologies will enable both older adults and their caregivers to address a comprehensive range of medical, health, social, and functional needs. In addition, technology-based solutions that connect older adults to friends, family, and the community are becoming more viable; older adults and their caregivers are growing increasingly tech savvy; technology usability is improving; and price points are descending.
A Changing Age Profile: "The United States is Getting Older”
Aside from its total size, one of the most important demographic characteristics of a population for public policy is its age and sex structure. In general, a "young” population structure is seen in countries experiencing high fertility and rapid population growth, and the relevant policy considerations are whether there are sufficient schools and, later, enough jobs and housing to accommodate them. On the other hand, critical policy challenges in countries with "old” population structures are to develop retirement and health systems to serve the older population, often with simultaneous reductions in the number of working-age persons to support them. " (CRS, page 13)This was taken from the CRS, it is page 13 of the report. Page 14 has an interesting table that includes demographic shifts by age within the US. Page 17 and 18 have some interesting demographic facts including a state within our region, Florida being the oldest state in 2009.
View the report HERE.
The Latino Age Wave: Anticipating Needs for Successful Aging
New research from Hispanics in Philanthropy examines the impact of a growing Latino population on aging in the United States. The report points out the difference in growth of the white and Latino populations aged 65 and over: between 2008 and 2030, the number of white older adults will increase by 65 percent, while the number of Latino older adults will increase by 228 percent. The Latino Age Wave includes demographic and socioeconomic data on the Latino population and an assessment of Latino-serving organizations nationwide to inform recommendations for serving this specific aging population.