Special Digital Section Reveals that Many Americans Over the Age of 50 are in Need

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Conversionplanet's latest digital section reveals that many Americans over the age of 50 are in danger of suffering from poverty, hunger, isolation and more. Subject matter experts come together to discuss long-term, sustainable solutions.

Conversionplanet's Why Americans 50-plus are struggling special section

Conversionplanet's special microsite, Why Americans 50-plus are struggling

There is a myth that everyone moves to Florida and has a great time with their grandchildren. That happens for some, but not for many, particularly in an economy like this.

This year, 2.8 million Americans turn 65—the first of the Baby Boomers to reach this milestone age. But the golden years are no longer synonymous with retirement, travel and happy memories with the grandkids. Many Americans over the age of 50 are struggling. Twenty million have financial problems, 13.4 percent are in poverty and nine million are at risk for hunger, according to Why Americans 50-plus are struggling, a special digital section created by Conversionplanet in partnership with Lipman Hearne and AARP Foundation.

The editorial covers four of AARP Foundation’s key focus areas—income, hunger, housing and isolation, and features subject matter experts from leading organizations including Citymeals, National Family Caregivers Association, Institute for Workforce Innovation, DC Central Kitchen, Latino Magazine, Charles Schwab and more.

With 20,000 people in the United States turning 65 each day, the harsh realities of aging are being revealed to many. “There is a myth that everyone moves to Florida and has a great time with their grandchildren,” says Eileen O’Brien, director of Elders Living at Home. “That happens for some, but not for many, particularly in an economy like this.”

There are ways for aging Americans to better manage their finances, make their homes more suitable to live in and help combat social isolation. In addition, there are ways for all generations to give back, be it through donating to AARP foundation, volunteering or just by assisting one of their own family members in need.

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