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Poverty Rates in 1968, 1990, and 2006

"In 1968 elders were by far the most vulnerable to poverty, with rates of 25 percent, but their poverty rates improved dramatically in the first period. Poverty continued to decline in the second period, so that by 2006 elderly poverty rates were the lowest of the three age groups...In our view, the dramatic improvement for elders over this period is one of the most important stories in poverty trends in the forty-year period."—p. 48, Changing Poverty, Changing Policies