2010 Low Income Initiative Progress Report
Changing from "The Greatest Generation" to "The New Poor."
Percentages of People in Poverty Over 65 Years of Age
The fastest growing segment of the poverty population in America are those 65 and older. AARP calls them "living on the edge." Millions of Americans, who are physically able to live alone and independently, find themselves without the resources to do so. As one healthcare official put it, "They have outlived their pensions and have nowhere else to turn but nursing homes." Some are fortunate their children, although entering their own retirement years, are still able to help.
For the thousands of others in our region of the South, programs such as The Power to Care and aid from strapped community service agencies are their last hope for continued independence.