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Gender pay gap? The retirement gap is even worse

posted Mon, Nov 16, 2015   by CNBC

Certainly, poverty among the elderly is a problem for both men and women. But while the poverty rate for men age 65 and over is 7.4 percent, for women it is 64 percent higher, at 12.1 percent. In addition, 45 percent of women age 75 and over live alone, without the financial cushion a partner can provide. And as the population ages, the number of women at financial risk will rise.Women's median IRA account balances are 71 percent as big as men's and their median defined contribution savings just 66 percent. That savings disparity is just one reason for the yawning financial gap leaving millions of older women in poverty: Nearly 2.9 million women lived in poverty in 2013, more than twice the number of men, according to the National Women's Law Center.

NYTimes: As lives lengthen, costs mount

posted Mon, Nov 16, 2015   by The New York Times

Some elderly New Yorkers receive too much income to be eligible for assistance, but not enough to pay for the services they need.

Some Older Patients Are Treated Not Wisely, but Too Much

posted Wed, Nov 11, 2015   by The New York Times

Evidence is accumulating that older adults with diabetes, hypertension and other conditions should be treated less aggressively than they commonly are, reports Paula Span in the New york Times. “Deintensification,” researchers have named this approach. As this and another related recent study have shown, not for the first time, getting that message out to practicing physicians has proved difficult.

Is Rural America Philanthropy’s Final Frontier?

posted Mon, Nov 9, 2015   by Keeping a Close Eye on Philanthropy blog

Institutional philanthropy in the United States has long neglected rural communities, writes Ryan Schlegel in the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy's blog. As recently noted by the Nonprofit Quarterly, it seems rural philanthropic investment levels may be at a low point, despite much talked-about recent efforts to steer funds into rural communities. In a rare breach of the live-and-let-live relationship usually maintained between politicians and the philanthropic sector, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack called foundations to task for their complacency. His comments should turn heads, and hopefully, remind philanthropists that the sector’s broken promise to rural communities is a political and moral failure that will take a concerted campaign of organizing, educating and persuading to correct.


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