Elder Economic Security Standard™ (Elder) Index

The Elder Economic Security Standard™ Index (Elder Index), was developed by the Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The Elder Index is a measure of the income that older adults need to meet their basic needs and age in place with dignity. The Elder Index is specific to household size, location, housing tenure, and health status. It includes the cost of:

  • Housing
  • Health Care
  • Transportation
  • Food
  • Miscellaneous Essentials

Summary from About the Elder Index

Please note that the Elder Index was updated in November 2019. The previously posted Elder Index appears to still be available, but may be removed in the future.