Despite working all their lives, raising families, and building our communities, nearly half of the nation’s older adults have trouble paying rent, buying food and medicine, and keeping the lights on. Discrimination, wealth inequality, and inadequate Social Security benefits all contribute to high rates of senior poverty and homelessness. Over 7 million older adults live in poverty today. We ensure older adults have access to the resources they need without discrimination. We train advocates and keep them informed of the most current rules and policies to help them connect their older adult clients to the services they need.
To understand how all the various health and economic security programs work together to help older adults meet their basic needs, read our issue brief and fact sheet. In 2022, we started a new area of work to address the significant challenges older adults face in accessing health care and economic security benefits when reentering our communities after being imprisoned. Explore our reentry work.