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Key Findings Details

Income, Material Hardship, and the Use of Public Programs among the Elderly
Helen Levy
WP 2009-208

  • In 2006, ten percent of the elderly over 65 cut back on medications or food because of their cost.
  • Three-quarters of the elderly who cut back on food or medications are not considered poor and do not receive any public assistance.
  • Seniors who report poor health or more limitations on physical activity are much more likely to cut back on food or medications.