More than 772,000 senior adults, or more than 1 in 5, live in hidden poverty in the Golden State, many of them unable to afford basic needs but are ineligible for government help, according to a new UCLA study.
The authors of the study found the population of 65 and older are quickly becoming part of the hidden poor, or those who live in the gap between the federal poverty line and what’s called an Elder Index poverty measure. The federal guideline says a single elderly adult should be able to live on $10,890 a year. But in California, the average should be $23,364, according to authors with the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.
Read more in the Los Angeles Daily News.