Boston Globe: Many of state’s elderly struggle to pay their bills

A recent Boston Globe article highlighted the state’s struggling performance on the elder economic security index, a tool developed by UMass Boston and promoted by healthy aging advocates.

As the article states, “More than 60 percent of single older adults in the state can’t afford food, housing, or other living expenses, the second-highest rate in the country, behind only Mississippi.” The problem is even more pronounced for women and people of color.

Turning to potential solutions, the article notes Governor Charlie Baker’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts and the Age-Friendly Communities movement, specifically the City of Boston’s 75-point action plan, which includes many elements aimed at bolstering an older adult resident’s ability to remain economically secure and independent.

Anyone interested in commenting to the Governor’s Council in regards to elder economic security, or any other suggestions to enhance the well-being of older adults in Massachusetts, can submit written comments here.

 

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