Deliver Help and Hope to Hungry Seniors This Thanksgiving Season. Donate




Free Fun!

AARP Games - Play Now!

PROGRAMS & resources

Best Employers for Workers Over 50

Check out the winners list and latest news about this AARP recognition program.

Employer Resource Center

Attract and retain top talent in a changing workforce.

Your Own Business

Information for business owners, entrepreneurs and the self-employed.


Learn From the Experts

Sign up now for an upcoming webinar or find materials from a past session. 

Most Popular



Older Americans in Poverty: A Snapshot

This and Related Reports

Older Americans in Poverty:  A Snapshot, is a chartbook and policy primer that examines the persistent problem of elderly poverty in the United States.  This chartbook provides valuable data on older adults in poverty—who they are, where they live, and the challenges they face affording basics like food, housing, and health care.  It describes the reliance of older poor and low-income families on Social Security, their use of public benefits, and their assets. 

The chartbook highlights wide variation in poverty rates by race and ethnicity, age, sex, and marital status.  For example, despite the sizable overall decline in elderly poverty since the 1960s, poverty remains unacceptably high for many, including older black and Hispanic women, more than a third of whom have incomes below poverty or just above the poverty line.

The chartbook also examines the problems with the official poverty statistic.  It explains what’s wrong with the current measure and describes the proposal to modernize the poverty measure to provide a more accurate assessment of how many people—including older adults—face severe economic hardship.  The chartbook closes with a discussion of policy options for reducing poverty at older ages.

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts


Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.


Jobs You Might Like

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Member Benefits Cricket Wireless Cellular

Members can save $20 on wireless devices from Cricket. Conditions apply.

membership adt

Small business owners save 20% on new installation of any new ADT security system.

UPS Store membership discount aarp benefits

Members save 15% on eligible products/services and 5% on UPS shipping at The UPS Store®.

Member Benefits

Renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.

Rewards for Good

Your Points Balance:

Learn More

Earn points for completing free online activities designed to enrich your life.

Find more ways to earn points

Redeem your points to save on merchandise, travel, and more.

Find more ways to redeem points


Advance your skills. Transform your career.

Explore your learning possibilities.