Aging boomers - impact on states

 Stateline.org today reports on the challenges facing state policymakers arising from an unprecedented demographic shift. From 2011, every state will see its 65+ population increasing faster than its total population. States will have to consider the impact of the growing number of elderly in such areas as: long-term care, state worker shortage, pensions, transportation, protective services, and generational conflicts.

The article notes how two states have dealt with their large senior populations. Florida established a Cabinet-level Department of Elder Affairs in 1992. Pennsylvania has the nation's only lottery which benefits its elder programs exclusively. Retirees' revenues have contributed significantly to their economies.



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