Efforts to address Social Security's financing problems should recognize the crucial support that the program provides to Americans with disabilities. Nearly half of those receiving Social Security disability benefits rely on the program for most of their family income. A fifth receive nearly all their income from the program. Read more
Social Security retirement claiming grew in 2009 as unemployment soared. Unemployment growth at older ages, however, was largely offset by growth in the number of older adults choosing to work longer. Half of women and more than half of men now wait until after age 62 to claim their retirement benefits, the largest proportions in decades. Read more.
Only about 1 in 10 older Medicaid nursing home residents had more $100,000 in nonhousing wealth a decade or more before they were admitted to a nursing home.