This particular measure, which usually takes a back seat to the official poverty rate in the news and media reports, paints a far more realistic portrait of what seniors in America are really experiencing.
End-of-year news stories about holiday spending happily reported on the unexpectedly high totals many Americans spent -- or put on credit -- this year. But for millions of families there was another story.
An accurate measure must be created that truly reflects the 21st century realities facing the working poor. Only then can we hope to find who, where and why we still have poverty in the world's richest nation.