Your retired neighbors may be having a harder time making ends meet than you realize. Research shows that half of all Americans over 65 who live alone don’t have enough income to afford even a bare-bones budget for health care, food and housing in their home communities without help. Economic insecurity is even more common among older adults of color. In several states, more than 70% of single Black or Latino seniors are struggling financially.

Gerontology professor Jan Mutchler of the University of Massachusetts Boston mapped the stark economic disparities and shows how lifelong disadvantages can add up.

Another article today by Sierra Carter of Georgia State University explores how the stress caused by racism can affect the health of Black Americans.

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When budgets get tight, health care can suffer. Willie B. Thomas via Getty Images

Nearly two-thirds of older Black Americans can’t afford to live alone without help – and it’s even tougher for Latinos

Jan Mutchler, University of Massachusetts Boston

Elder economic insecurity is a problem for all races, but it's far more common for people of color, particularly in certain states.

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