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Massachusetts, Elder Index


Demography, Population, and Ecology | Gerontology


The Elder Index is being put to work across the country. This compilation of articles describes some of this work. Successful campaigns to save important property tax relief programs in New Jersey and greatly expand Medicare Savings Programs access in Massachusetts, both rely on the Elder IndexTM to provide critical context and factual support. An area agency on aging in San Antonio uses the Elder Index to show how the rural cost of living for older adults in the vast ranching and farming counties surrounding the city isn’t the bargain some think. A legal advocacy organization in Washington State employs the index to show how some lower-income older residents face the economic peril of a “Medicare cliff.” Officials in Boston, one of the nation’s most economically insecure cities for older residents, use the Elder Index to drive home the scale of the problem and organize a response by municipal government. These are stories of people taking action in their communities and states to help older adults facing economic hardship. This is the Elder Index at work.



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