Washingtonians for a Responsible Future

The Columbian: Care For Aged A Priority

The Columbian writes:

While the needs of younger Washingtonians will be the Legislature’s primary focus next year in the form of school funding, lawmakers also will have to attend to the state’s older residents.

The population is aging, fueled by the baby boomer generation and by extended life spans, and that fact promises to place a heavy burden upon the health care system. Of course, it is no surprise that populations throughout the United States are growing older, but two statistics in particular drive the point home — today, 11 percent of Washington residents are 65 years or older; by 2030, an estimated 20 percent will be 65-plus.

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