May is a time for celebrations and honoring accomplishments. The month kicks off with Mother’s Day and ends with graduations and end-of-school parties. At Justice in Aging, May celebrations also include Older Americans Month and the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act (OAA).
SSI Restoration Act Introduced Into Congress
When SSI was signed into law in 1972, it promised to serve as a safety net for those who (through disability or age) were unable to work and had little-to-no pension, savings, or Social Security benefits. But, because important aspects of the program have not been updated in more than 30 years, some of our country’s most vulnerable citizens are deeper in poverty today than they were then. The Supplemental Security Income Restoration Act would help to remedy this problem by updating the income and asset limits to better reflect reasonable assistance in today’s dollars.
6.3 million elderly Americans are living in poverty. As income inequality increases and 10,000 people turn 65 every day, the number of poor seniors is growing exponentially. People in our communities are suffering. Mothers, fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts, and uncles are struggling to buy food, keep the heat on, afford medication, and visit their doctors.