The Maturing of America

Due to the financial consequences from the Great Recession, many U.S. communities have been unable to make significant progress in preparing...

Jun 2, 2011

Due to the financial consequences from the Great Recession, many U.S. communities have been unable to make significant progress in preparing to meet the needs of the country’s rapidly aging population.  The Maturing of America - Communities Moving Forward for an Aging Population, a follow-up to an extensive survey conducted in 2005, reveals that at best, communities have managed to maintain the status quo for the past six years due to the economy and decline in local government budgets. The report, which was released by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), also reveals that important advances have been made despite these challenges, including increased support for older adults during disasters; growth of in-home support services; greater support for advanced education and retooling for the workforce; and expanded volunteer opportunities.  However, with millions of Baby Boomers reaching retirement age every month, these advancements are no where near the level of progress that has to be made to ensure that communities are livable for people of all ages.

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