Are You Really Middle Class?

Can we define the middle class in practical terms? To be sure, there are probably as many sociological definitions of the middle class as there are commentators seeking definitions. So let’s set aside the socio-swamp of beliefs, values, and taxonomies of class in favor of a definition with measurable thresholds. Many commentators attempt to define […]

Welcome to the Claude Pepper Center!

Our Mission: The central mission of The Claude Pepper Center at FSU is to use information and data from multiple sources to help inform policy makers, researchers, teachers, the media and the general public about the health, long term care and income security challenges confronting the nation’s older citizens. Current Projects: In Development: Mental Health […]

The Fragile Patchwork of Care for New York’s Oldest Old

John Sorensen stood in the entryway of his Upper West Side apartment with a fresh bruise spreading over his upper arm and a blood-smeared bandage around one shin. Mr. Sorensen, 91, had fallen in his kitchen — he said he did not recall how — and was still unsteady on his feet. “It’s been a […]