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Chelsea Burnette Article Response 8 Golden Years? Poverty among Older Americans In the article Golden Years? Poverty among Older Americans, the author, Deborah Carr, discusses how older people living in the United States are suffering from great amounts of poverty. Carr explains how poverty among older Americans is a problem that often gets overlooked due to child poverty. Although child poverty is a major problem in the United States, the poverty rates of older Americans are underestimated because their medical expenses are not taken into account. The majority of older Americans experiencing poverty are single women of color, and women are far more likely to experience poverty at an older age than men. Because women typically live longer than men, they are more susceptible to becoming impoverished and struggling later in their lives. Reading this article helped me put into perspective how many people are affected by poverty, and the different situations that can lead to becoming impoverished. I was not aware that
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Unformatted text preview: there are a great number of older Americans living in poverty until reading this article and Carr’s statistics. Whenever I thought of what life would be like when I got older, I pictured living on a beach somewhere and happily retired. I did not think of all of the circumstances that people go through that can lead them to poverty. If professionals were to read this article, I think it may help them to better understand potential clients that they may work with in the future. If not for the purposes of helping future clients, I think having an awareness of what people could be suffering through is important to any working professional. Raising awareness of such major issues can be an eye opener to most, but also help the population of people living in better conditions think of ways to support those in less fortunate situations. Knowing statistics such as these is a great way to better understand our society and the people that surround us....
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