Navigation Links
Seniors Lose 31 Percent of Their Buying Power Since 2000; 2013 Annual Survey of Senior Costs Finds Expenses Have Increased More Than Twice as Fast as Social Security COLA
Date:5/15/2013

Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) May 16, 2013

Seniors have lost almost one-third of their buying power since 2000, according to the Annual Survey of Senior Costs, released today by The Senior Citizens League (TSCL). TSCL is one of the nation’s largest nonpartisan senior advocacy groups.

In most years, seniors receive a small increase in their Social Security checks, intended to help them keep up with rising costs. But since 2000, the Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) has increased benefits just 38 percent while typical senior expenses have jumped 81 percent, more than twice as fast. Inflation has been at historic lows in recent years and seniors received a 1.7 percent COLA this year.

Categories and Costs Chart

“This survey illustrates why budget proposals that would cut the growth of COLAs would put millions of older and disabled Americans at risk of insufficient income to cover more growing expenses,” says Larry Hyland, TSCL chairman. “To put it in perspective, for every $100 worth of expenses seniors could afford in 2000, they can afford just $69 today,” Hyland adds.

A senior with the average Social Security benefit in 2000 received $816 per month, a figure that rose to $1,129.80 by 2013. However, that senior would require a Social Security benefit of $1,477.00 per month in 2013 just to maintain his or her 2000 buying power.

The study examined the increase in costs of 32 key items between 2000 and January 2013. The items were chosen because they are typical of the costs seniors must bear. Of the 32 costs analyzed, 20 exceeded the COLA. The selected items represent eight categories, weighted by approximate expenditure.

A majority of the 54 million senior and disabled Americans who receive Social Security depend on it for at least 50 percent of their total income, and one in three beneficiaries rely on it for 90 percent or more of their total income.

To help protect the buying power of earned benefits, The Senior Citizens League is fighting proposals to cut COLAs. TSCL has developed an online calculator for the public to learn how much a COLA cut would cost in Social Security income. Click here to calculate your COLA Cuts..

###

With about one million supporters, The Senior Citizens League is one of the nation’s largest nonpartisan seniors groups. Its mission is to promote and assist members and supporters, to educate and alert senior citizens about their rights and freedoms as U.S. Citizens, and to protect and defend the benefits senior citizens have earned and paid for. The Senior Citizens League is a proud affiliate of TREA The Enlisted Association. Visit http://www.SeniorsLeague.org for more information.

Press Contact:

Shannon Benton, Executive Director, 1-800-333-TSCL (8725) sbenton(at)tsclhq(dot)org

Mary Johnson, Social Security policy analyst, 540-832-5513, newslettersdirect(at)hughes(dot)net

Also Available to Journalists: Study Methodology and Interviews

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/5/prweb10710837.htm.


'/>"/>
Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2012 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Depression, Anxiety Tied to Physical Disabilities in Seniors
2. Climate Change Could Be Tough on Seniors Health: Study
3. Seniors Stop Taking Heart Drugs In Medicare Donut Hole
4. Strength Training May Give Boost to Seniors Brains
5. Seniors Undertreated for Asthma, and Many Skip Inhalers: Study
6. Exercise Plus Computer Time May Boost Seniors Brains
7. Great recession reflux amounts to more hunger among seniors
8. Under pressure from Medicare, hospitals hold more seniors for observation
9. The Tennessee Car Accident Lawyers at Michael D. Ponce & Associates Alert Public of CDC Survey Revealing Majority of High School Seniors Admitting to Texting Behind Wheel
10. With Home Sales Lagging, The Lakes at Pointe West Offers Solution for Seniors
11. With Home Sales Lagging, Watersong Offers Solution for Seniors
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Apple ... care services, staged a mock evacuation of the facility as part of a disaster ... Fire Department, Echo Hose EMS and Shelton City Emergency Manager, as well as the ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Global Healthcare Management’s ... Alexandria Park in Milford, NJ. This free event, sponsored by Global Healthcare Management’s ... The fun run is geared towards children of all ages; it is a ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... “The Journey: From the ... danger possible to save lost souls in the Philippines. “The Journey: From the Mountains ... a dedicated teacher of the Bible. She has taught all ages and currently teaches ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Planet Fitness, one of the largest and ... plans to open a flagship location in Covington, LA at 401 N. U.S. Highway ... store next to Office Depot in the Holiday Square shopping center. Its location allows ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Asante, a nationally recognized health system in ... existing home health joint venture through an agreement, effective October 1, 2017, to ... home health company with Asante, delivering clinically integrated care, for the past eight ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/10/2017)... -- NDS received FDA 510(k) clearance in May 2017 for its highly ... designed for endoscopy environments. An innovative secondary monitor solution, ZeroWire ... support the improvement of patient outcomes, procedural efficiency, and the lowering ... ... ...
(Date:10/4/2017)... 4, 2017  South Korean-based healthcare product Development Company ... "cprCUBE" on Kickstarter. The device will educate the user ... with better efficiency compared to the dated and pricey ... on efficacy of the compression for a more informed ... goal to raise $5,000. ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... 2017  Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: ... third quarter of 2017 on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. ... day with the investment community and media to further ... call will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern time. Investors, ... webcast of the conference call through a link that ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: