Seniors Obtain Budget Management
Help from New EconomicCheckUp Online Tool
Free site by National Council on
Aging helped seniors save $250 a month in test run
Dec. 12, 2013 - The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has launched a new
online tool, EconomicCheckUp, to assist America’s senior citizens with
budgeting, saving money, employment, and achieving greater financial
“Nearly half of all older adults
are economically insecure, living one bad break away from economic
crisis,” said Ramsey Alwin, NCOA’s vice president of economic security.
“EconomicCheckUp enables low- and middle-income seniors to understand
their financial situation better and find personalized, appropriate
solutions to save money.”
EconomicCheckUp asks a series of
questions to help older adults identify benefits and services that could
save money; find ways to cut expenses; better utilize existing assets,
such as wages and home equity; and develop a concrete plan to achieve
greater economic security.
Early tests of the tool in 25
communities helped vulnerable older adults save, on average, $250 in
their monthly budget, or $3,000 a year.
EconomicCheckUp is one of a suite
of online tools designed by NCOA to help seniors maximize their money.
Other tools include
BenefitsCheckUp, which screens for thousands of public and private
benefits programs, and
My Medicare Matters™, an educational site that helps people with
Medicare make the most of their coverage.
“NCOA’s goal is to improve the
health and economic security of 10 million older adults by 2020,” added
Alwin. “Giving older adults and their caregivers access to one-stop
resources like EconomicCheckUp that can free up savings is one way we
plan to achieve that goal.”
EconomicCheckUp was developed with
generous support from The Retirement Research Foundation and Bank of
America Charitable Foundation.
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