The American dream of retirement as the “golden years” has been badly tarnished for millions of today’s seniors. One in three older adults lives in or on the edge of poverty, and three in four cope with multiple chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, or arthritis. The recession has hit these seniors hard, and a lifetime of work has turned into a daily struggle to stay healthy and make ends meet. Every day is a challenge to pay for food, medicine, and a place to live.
For most older adults, good health ensures independence, security, and productivity as they age. Yet millions struggle every day with health challenges that can severely impact their quality of life.
Over 20 million Americans aged 60+ are economically insecure–living at or below 250% of the federal poverty level (FPL). For these older adults, one major adverse life event can change today’s realities into tomorrow’s troubles.
The good news is that there are proven and successful programs that can help older adults improve their own health and economic security. These programs empower seniors with the information and skills to manage their own health, prevent falls, find benefits, access job training, and more. But funding for these programs is a constant challenge as budgets shrink. These worthy programs need financial support to reach the ever-growing population of older adults who can benefit from them.
Overview provided by the National Council on Aging
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