Tag Archives: elder economic security

Baker Administration Announces SNAP Benefit Increase

The Baker-Polito Administration announced that approximately 550,000 Massachusetts households who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will see an increase starting in their October 2022 benefits. In response to the annual cost of living adjustment, SNAP benefits will increase 12%, with Massachusetts households receiving an average monthly increase of $25-$30. Continue reading

NORC Report: Many Middle-Income Seniors Will Not Be Able to Pay for Long-Term Care and Housing in 10 Years

A new NORC analysis updating the groundbreaking “Forgotten Middle” study finds that there will be 16 million middle-income seniors in 2033, many of whom will struggle to pay for the health, personal care, and housing services that they need. For instance, excluding home equity, nearly three-quarters of middle-income seniors in 2033 will have insufficient financial resources to pay for assisted living, if they need and want it. Even with home equity, nearly 40% will not be able to afford assisted living. Continue reading

Pew Research Center Examines Reasons U.S. Adults Live in Multigenerational Households

With a combination of Census and survey data, Pew Research Center examined the experiences of multigenerational households, including who lives in these types of arrangements and why they do so.

According to the report resulting from that analysis, census data from 1971-2021 shows the number of people living in multigenerational family households quadrupled over that time, reaching 59.7 million in March 2021. The share more than doubled as well, to 18% of the U.S. population. Continue reading

Help Raise Awareness of Child Tax Credit Eligibility for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is working to raise awareness of the Child Tax Credit and, of specific interest to the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative network, the eligibility of grandparents raising grandchildren.

A one-page flier has been developed for stakeholders to raise awareness among grandparents who are legal guardians, which is available here.

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AARP Survey Reveals Experience with Fraud Among Older Adults, Caregivers

In a recent short survey conducted between January 20-24, 2022, AARP asked adults 50 and older and family caregivers about their experiences losing money to a scam. The basis for the survey comes from AARP’s recent National Fraud Frontiers report, which reported
nine in 10 Americans (229 million people) experienced a fraud attempt in the past year, with one in seven (33 million people) losing money as a result. Continue reading

Age-and Dementia Friendly Springfield Release Study on Healthy Aging with a Criminal Record

Led by the Public Health Institute of Western Mass., with an expert advisory group and supported by the Tufts Health Plan Foundation and the Massachusetts Community Health and Healthy Aging Funds, a new study reveals the barriers to housing and healthy aging for older adults with a criminal history.

The research builds off the Springfield Age Friendly City housing assessment in 2019, which found that older Black men in Springfield had a shared experience of not being able to secure affordable housing because of CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) checks. Continue reading