Poverty More Likely As Adults Age

Our fears about outliving our savings could become a reality if we live long enough. According to a new report,  about 11 percent of adults older than 65 lived in poverty in 2009, the latest year studied. But by age 85 and up, that figure rose to nearly 15 percent. Getting by on the bare minimum proved to be a greater struggle for those ages 50 to 64 as well. Poverty rates rose to more than 12 percent in 2009 from just under …

AARP to Legislators: Think Before You Cut

Hey blog readers – Jenn here from the communications team. This week I caught up with our staffer David Vinkler down in our Springfield office. He’s our expert on all things related to the state budget as well as home and community based services in Illinois.  He’s pretty much buried right now – analyzing where that elusive $2.8 billion (yeah that’s right, BILLION) in proposed cuts might come from in order for legislators to balance the  state budget by May 31st. …

The Takeaway: Appalachia’s Rapidly Rising Aging Population

Like almost everywhere else, the number of older adults is increasing in Appalachia. Meanwhile””like almost everywhere else””government services and aid are dwindling in the face of budget cuts and a rough economy.

Poverty: Be A Part of the Solution

Shock, disbelief, fear, guilt, and empathy…you ask what is she talking about now. Those are the emotions that went through me as I sat this week in the Chicago airport mindlessly gazing up at the TV waiting for my delayed flight to board. CNN had just reported the poverty level has risen to 16% in this country. I certainly don’t think that CNN is an authority on anything so that percentage could vary a bit in either direction, but however …

Enriching Others, Enriching Yourself

I was in Rio de Janeiro last month and went into one of the city’s favelas, slums known primarily as vast zones of poverty, drug dealing and subsistence living. I went into the Vidigal favela on my own – not on the guided tours that typically bring tourists into the slums – because I’d heard of an unusual new guest house where tourists volunteer to help kids in the community.

Making It Happen

It’s hard to look suffering in the face. There is nothing pretty, nice or pleasant about it. In a world that tells us image is everything, we try and make life appear as picturesque as possible, yet the realities are unavoidable. Simply turn on the news. As a nation we have recently witnessed earthquakes, hurricanes and a 15 % poverty rate. There are orphans in every city, as well as hunger in every community.  With each passing day things seem …