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45% of Americans Over 65 Have Trouble
Meeting their Basic Needs

Everyone deserves quality health care and sufficient resources to be able keep a roof over their heads, pay for food and medicine, and meet their other basic needs. But in America today that vision is out of reach for nearly half of older adults. Our approach to advocacy directly improves the lives of millions of older adults. We train thousands of individual advocates, providing information on emerging legal issues. Through our relationships with these on-the-ground partners, we learn about systemic issues and work to address them through legislative and administrative advocacy. If those methods fail to bring about the change we seek, we use impact litigation to advance justice.

Health Care

Older adults with Medicare spend an average of $5,368 a year on out-of-pocket costs and most have no long-term care coverage. We protect & improve programs that make health care more affordable & break down barriers to services so that older people can age at home
and in their communities.

Economic Security

Nearly 5 million older Americans live on less than $1,000 a month. We expand access to Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and Housing programs that help older adults meet their basic needs. And we address systemic barriers that make it difficult for seniors to access these programs.


As the only national organization focused on solely on senior poverty, Justice in Aging is there as a champion in the courts for those who have been marginalized and excluded from justice. Working in partnership with advocates and pro bono attorneys at the nation's top law firms, we’ve returned billions in benefits to older adults with limited resources.

Anyone can age into poverty.

Ortencia was a kindergarten schoolteacher who must now plan each meal in order to stretch a meager monthly income to cover rent, food, utilities, medication, transportation, and other expenses. Bill worked various jobs in San Francisco for 30 years before being diagnosed with a chronic disease and becoming homeless for the first time at 59 years old.

Learn more about their stories, and the struggles they and many other older Americans face in accessing the health care and the resources we need to thrive. And find out more about how Justice in Aging’s advocacy is helping to build a system where all of us will have an opportunity to age with justice and dignity.

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