MCOA is committed to working to reduce economic insecurity for the vast numbers of people who face serious and persistent economic insecurity every day. The Elder Economic Security Standard demonstrates the depth of elder insecurity in Massachusetts. The national Elder Economic Security Standard Index (Elder Index) is maintained by the Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
The major finding of the Elder Index include: Researchers tracking the economic security of America’s older adults have found that half who live alone and nearly a quarter of those living in two-person households where both are age 65 or older are unable to afford basic necessities without extra assistance.
MCOA will keep assembling and/or creating consumer outreach tools they you may download, modify with local details, and use in educational programming in your town.
Follow the links below to find fact sheets and other tool kits for providing information and enrollment assistance into myriad financial assistance programs – at the local and state levels.
5 Topic Areas under Elder Index Economic Insecurity
- Food Access
- Housing Costs
- Health Care Costs