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National Council on Aging. Fifth Annual Financial Literacy Leadership Conference : October 2012. Ensuring the Economic Security of Older Adults. Ramsey Alwin Senior Director, Economic Security National Council on Aging ( NCOA).

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national council on aging

National Council on Aging

Fifth Annual Financial Literacy Leadership Conference: October 2012

Ensuring the Economic Security of

Older Adults

Ramsey Alwin

Senior Director, Economic Security

national council on aging ncoa
National Council on Aging (NCOA)

NCOA is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization.

Our mission is to improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged.

population growth
Population Growth
  • 74.8 million
  • Population 60+ living in the community
  • 59.5 million
  • Population 60+ living in the community
  • 64.9 million
  • Population 60+ living in the community




  • 60+ and
  • < 250% FPL
  • 28
  • million
  • 60+ and
  • < 250% FPL
  • 24.7
  • million
  • 60+ and
  • < 250% FPL
  • 23.2 million

**Sources and Notes:

NCOA analysis of the American Community Survey 2010, Public Use Microdata Files.

NCOA analysis of U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, Interim State Population Projections, 2005, File 3. Interim State Projections of Population by Single Year of Age: July 1, 2004 to 2030 . The numbers in each circle are a subset of the numbers in the larger circles. Circles are not at scale.

economic distress debt unemployment foreclosure bankruptcy
Economic Distress: Debt, Unemployment, Foreclosure, Bankruptcy
  • One-third of seniors are economically insecure
  • Consumers age 65+ carried $10,235 in average card debt
  • Older adults are the most likely to be unemployed for 99 wks or longer
  • 50+ represented 28% of all foreclosures and delinquencies
  • Baby Boomers accounted for 42% of all bankruptcy filings in 2007. Filings increased 61% from 2002 to 2007, the most recent year examined by ABI.
ncoa s mission and social impact goals for 2020
NCOA’s Mission and Social Impact Goals for 2020

Our mission is to improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Economic Security

  • Improve the economic well-being of 5 million low-income, vulnerable older adults by providing comprehensive, integrated services that significantly increase their income and/or reduce their expenses.
  • Make holistic, person-centered economic assistance an integral part of U.S. policy for vulnerable and disadvantaged older adults.

Empower & Assist Seniors to Navigate



Benefit of Benefits

older adults missing out on benefits
Older Adults Missing Out on Benefits
  • Each year, low-income older adults miss out on
  • $20 billion
  • in benefits that help paying for prescriptions, healthcare, food, and utilities.


of older adults currently receiving one federal benefit are also eligible for and not receiving at least one other federal benefit.



As of today:

BenefitsCheckUp® has helped over 3.2 million older adults find over $11.9 billion worth of annual benefits.

economic assistance
Economic Assistance

Consumers receiving a service as a result of an economic action plan

and a warm referral

public private supports can close the gap
Public & Private Supports Can Close the Gap

For more on the Elder Index methodology, visit

key community resources
Key Community Resources

Partners in Aging

  • Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)
  • Area Agencies on Aging (AAA), Councils on Aging, Aging & Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
  • Departments on Aging
  • State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs)
  • Daily Money Management
  • Adult Protective Services
  • Local AARP state offices
  • HUD Certified Pre-lender reverse mortgage counselors

Other Important Partners

  • Community Action Agencies
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Community Development Credit Unions
  • Foreclosure mitigation specialists
  • Consumer Credit Counseling Services
  • Legal services/advocates
  • Housing Counseling Agencies

Use the Resources Available:

Financial Education - Savvy Saving Seniors Series

The Savvy Saving Seniors toolkit includes:

    • A Scripted Facilitator’s Guide
    • Participant Handbook
    • Power Point Template
    • Evaluations
    • Marketing Materials
  • All materials can be found:
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