NSCLC: Where We Stand: Seniors Remain on Frontlines in War on Poverty

By Kevin Prindiville

The 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty brings a welcome and much needed debate about how best to eradicate poverty in the world’s wealthiest country.  Unfortunately, few commentators are focusing on how poverty impacts the lives of the nation’s older adults – but they should.

There are approximately 6.5 millionpeople age 65 and over living in poverty in America today – a number that is too high and, unfortunately, only growing.  That’s 6.5 million of our mothers, fathers, uncles, aunts, grandmothers, grandfathers that struggle daily to afford food and rent, to access needed health care and long-term services and supports, to remain connected to their families and active in their communities.  Older adults who are poor deserve special attention and we should unite  to reduce their numbers.

 

Continue reading here: http://www.nsclc.org/index.php/where-we-stand-seniors-remain-on-frontlines-in-war-on-poverty/

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