Poverty

While not a perfect measure -- the poverty rate (the 2012 poverty line is $11,945 for a single-person household) does give us some good guidance about levels of poverty and who are among our poorest residents. While older adults as a group have the lowest poverty rate, older adults in poverty have a higher disability rate. About 1 in 3 Minnesotan's age 65+ have a disability, but that rate jumps to 1 in 2 for older adults in poverty, and it is getting worse. Since 2008, the disability rate has increased more than 10 percent for older adults in poverty, while remaining steady for older adults as a whole.

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