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Top senior concern: Poverty


Lutheran older adults ranked global poverty and hunger as the No. 1 issue among 25 concerns.


This result of a recent survey by the Association of Lutheran Older Adults was a “surprise for me,” said Edwin B. Naylor, chair the ALOA national advocacy committee, noting it topped affordable health care and developing and maintaining a strong spiritual life on the list of topics.

The list also included the war in Iraq, worldwide terrorism, decisions about end-of-life actions, adequate supplemental insurance and reaching out to other older adults who don’t attend church regularly.

The survey of 738 individuals was designed, administered and interpreted by ELCA Research and Evaluation, and results will be used by ALOA to determine its advocacy efforts.


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