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This report examines the array of federal and state support programs for elders in Massachusetts. It asks how well the lifelines - the support programs that have been set up to help low- and modest-income elders meet basic needs when costs exceed incomes – work in today’s economy. Which programs are serving elders well? Have they kept pace with inflation? Which lifelines are frayed, or about to rupture? Do seniors know about the programs, and use them when needed?


Prepared for the Massachusetts Elder Economic Security Initiative Advisory Committee, Massachusetts Association of Older Americans. Funded by The Boston Foundation.



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