Using the Elder Index in New Jersey to Measure Economic Insecurity
Jan E. Mutchler, PhD
What is the true cost of growing older in America?
This webinar will share information about the Elder Index, a tool that measures the income older people need to meet necessary expenses for housing, health care, food, transportation, and other essentials, while staying independent in their own homes. The presenter will share an overview of the Elder Index for New Jersey and how it can be used to measure economic insecurity among older adults. She will review data describing the risk of economic insecurity in New Jersey, and differences in that risk across demographic groups and by county. The presenter will offer initial thoughts about the financial impacts of the pandemic for older adults. We will close with a discussion of how the Elder Index can be used by organizations to promote awareness and advocate for older adults who are struggling to get by.
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