The Unexpected Face of Poverty

The Unexpected Face of Poverty

https://www.theatlantic.com/sponsored/aarp-2018/the-unexpected-face-of-poverty/1913/

The word “poverty” conjures up images of rundown houses and blighted neighborhoods, ragged clothes and empty cupboards. But try instead to see poverty as having a face. Whose face would that be?

It might be the face of a child. The face of someone from a developing country that’s stricken by drought or famine. The face of a young man or woman crushed by opioid addiction.

What you probably don’t picture is the face of an older adult.

A staggering 37 million people who are 50 or older don’t have adequate financial resources to meet their most basic needs. Americans are living longer lives — but for many, longer lives also mean having to deal with impossible choices: Do I put food on the table, or do I get my prescription filled? Do I pay the rent or the electricity bill? Do I find a less expensive place to live, or do I try, somehow, to hold on to my home?