New estimates from the 2020 Elder Index, developed by UMass-Boston’s Gerontology Institute, illustrate the elevated risk of economic insecurity experienced by older women, especially those living alone. Continue reading
Given the choice, a sizable majority of the public would prefer to receive long-term care in a home setting as they age rather than move into a nursing home, according to a new study from The AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and funded by The SCAN Foundation.
Overall, 88% percent of adults favor getting ongoing living assistance in their own home or in a loved one’s home. Just 2% would want to age in a nursing home and 10% prefer a senior community. Continue reading
As individuals approach their 60s, they face the important decision about when to start claiming Social Security retirement benefits. A report by Philip Armour and David Knapp of the RAND Corporation – shared via AARP’s Public Policy Institute – examines the characteristics of those who decide to start collecting at the early eligibility age (EEA) of 62 compared with those who wait until later.
A companion report, “The Consequences of Claiming Social Security Benefits at Age 62,” asks what financial consequences the decision to collect early might have for the individual over time. Continue reading
Encore Boston Network is seeing growing interest among people over 50 in getting back into the job market or kick-starting their job searches after the 2020 downturn. According to the organization, more businesses are beginning to hire, including workers over 50. In addition, there is continued interest in self-employment and business startups — half of all new businesses are now started by people over 50. Continue reading
Dramatically higher percentages of Black, Latino and Asian older adults live on incomes that don’t meet their cost of living, even with Social Security, according to research by Jan Mutchler, PhD of UMass-Boston’s Gerontology Institute.
The article highlighting the disparities in economic insecurity among older adults is posted on the UMass Gerontology Institute blog and “The Conversation,” a non-profit independent online news organization. Continue reading
In addition to an evolving COVID-19 resource page, MHAC is continuing to collect and share updates on COVID-19 from state government, federal agencies like the Centers for Disease Control, and other key stakeholders.
These updates are to help and inform a wide range of individuals and partners, including communities working to become more age- and dementia friendly.
Please see the latest updates below: Continue reading
The New Social Contract: Age-Friendly Employers explores the vital role of employers in helping workers successfully navigate their working lives and prepare for retirement, a role that has become even more crucial and precarious amid the pandemic.
It is the fourth report in a series released through collaborative work between nonprofits Instituto de Longevidade Mongeral Aegon and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, and Aegon Center for Longevity and Retirement (ACLR). Continue reading