Grandparents and other relatives play an important caregiving role in family well-being. Support from extended family is especially vital in families with low incomes.
Federal and state programs help many older people with low incomes. These programs provide access to vital services like income support and health care.
Two federal programs help states provide a broad range of social services important to older adults.
In 2018, nearly 10 million adults age 50 and older lacked consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life due to inadequate financial resources.
The federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides monthly cash benefits to people age 65 and older with very low income and assets, individuals who are blind,
Poverty is defined by comparing household income with the minimum income required for basic needs. People whose income is below the threshold are considered poor.