Elder Economic Security Index
The Elder Economic Security Standard Index (Elder Index) is a one-of-a-kind, county-by-county measure of the income needed by older adults to maintain independence and meet their daily living costs while staying in their own homes. The center’s focus on the economic security of older adults is central to current and future projects aimed at addressing the wellbeing of older adults.
CSDRA’s continued research on economic security is useful to:
- State and national-level policymakers
- Family caregivers
- Service providers
- Aging advocates
- Leaders in local communities
The Elder Index for 2016 has just been completed.
- Insecurity in the States 2016 summarizes the cost of living for older adults nationally, and offers comparisons across the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
- View our new reports on nationwide disparities, Living Below the Line:
- Visualize the gap between the average Social Security benefit and the Elder Index by county.
- Insecurity in Massachusetts describes how cost of living varies across Massachusetts counties.
- View our just completed Fact Sheets on Disparities in Massachusetts:
Look up Elder Index values for every county in the U.S. through our partner organization, the National Council on Aging
For more on how to use the Elder Index, view our 2017 Elder Index Webinar.
Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging
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