aged woman alone and sad Those who start off behind the 8-ball, so to speak, are plagued by problems that range from lower incomes and unhealthy living conditions to postponed or abandoned medical care, and more.(Photo: Shutterstock)

The older you get, the more you’ll feel your economic status—whether it’s good or bad. And if it’s bad, it’s going to get worse.

So says a book by Boston University sociologist Deborah Carr, Golden Years? Social Inequality in Later Life, which draws on multidisciplinary research on aging. Its conclusion:  As people age and become more vulnerable, any economic disadvantages they face become more pronounced.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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