Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Editors' Pick

Retiring on the edge of poverty in rural America
by Howard Berkes
National Public Radio, April 15, 2006
Forty years ago, a third of the nation's elderly lived below the poverty line. Now, just one in 10 seniors is considered poor. That plunge in the elderly poverty rate is credited to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other assistance programs. But the safety net they provide is fragile, especially in rural areas and among elderly women. In Harrison County, Ohio, a rural area of some 16,000 people spread across 400 square miles of rolling Appalachian foothills, a delicate balance keeps rural seniors housed, warm and fed.
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