Chapter 6 Introduction

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The povertyThe federal government defines “poverty” as income below specific thresholds. These thresholds are adjusted annually for inflation and vary according to family size and the age of the head of the family. rate for Americans age 65 and older has seen a sharp decline since 1959, when one-third of older adults lived in povertyThe federal government defines “poverty” as income below specific thresholds. These thresholds are adjusted annually for inflation and vary according to family size and the age of the head of the family.. Still, a large number of older people are poor. In 2019, about 4.9 million people age 65 and older—8.9 percent—had an annual income below the Census Bureau’s povertyThe federal government defines “poverty” as income below specific thresholds. These thresholds are adjusted annually for inflation and vary according to family size and the age of the head of the family. threshold. Among people of this age group, women, people from historically disadvantaged racial and ethnic groups, and people living alone are more likely than others to live in povertyThe federal government defines “poverty” as income below specific thresholds. These thresholds are adjusted annually for inflation and vary according to family size and the age of the head of the family..

When seniors struggle to meet their basic needs, they are at greater risk of being affected by preventable or treatable health conditions. These include diabetes, congestive heart failure, heart attack, and depression. Senior povertyThe federal government defines “poverty” as income below specific thresholds. These thresholds are adjusted annually for inflation and vary according to family size and the age of the head of the family. also can have a substantial impact on social connectedness, leading to isolation. Research indicates that isolation and loneliness may cause dramatic decreases in physical health, mental well-being, and overall quality of life.