Oct 24th, 2011
Author: Kim Francis
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Administration on Aging, the number of people older than 65 is expected to increase to almost 20% of the total population by 2030. Perhaps more surprising is the number of Americans 85 years or older will increase from 4.2 million in 2000 to 6.6 million in 2020.
Faced with the needs of a rapidly aging population that is living longer than ever, many communities and states are giving their citizens an opportunity to have their concerns and their ideas heard. A recent article in Explorer: The Northwest’s Newspaper announced the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging’s Senior Action Days, where the community can come together to talk about issues important to seniors.
If you’re concerned about senior issues, we urge you to seek out opportunities in your community to get involved. Together, we can make sure seniors live with the resources and dignity they deserve.