Over 27 million women, aged 65 and older, live in the U.S. and face increased challenges to remain economically secure as they age.  A significant number of older women find themselves unable to avoid living at or near poverty.

Did you know?

  • Women overall are 80% more likely to be impoverished in retirement than men
  • Over 4 million older women (65+) in the US are currently living in poverty

AFN recently released, Surviving to Thriving: Ensuring the Golden Years Remain Golden for Older Women.  This new brief explores the systemic and structural causes of senior women’s economic insecurity including the legacy effect of the wage gap on retirement benefits; effect of caregiving; debt and financial exploitation.  It offers targeted strategies, policies and system changes needed to ensure that senior women not only survive but thrive as they age.

Philanthropy is uniquely situated to influence and develop interventions to support the economic security of senior women, ensuring this generation and future generations can age financially secure and with dignity.

 

Read the brief