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Identifying Indicators and Rates of Poverty Among Older Adults

 

At any age, living in poverty and economic insecurity affects all aspects of an individual's well-being, but there is a unique burden for seniors given that it is often combined with challenges associated with aging, such as multimorbidity, reduced mobility and independence, and loss of community and social supports.

Given the growing rates of seniors being classified as 'poor' combined with the continued emphasis on using income as the primary indicator of poverty and economic insecurity, it is timely to take stock of indicators, apart from income, that can be used to measure poverty among older adults.

Rapid synthesis: