Baby Boomers Soon to Outnumber Students - Responding With Long Term Healthcare Plans

By KBJR News 1

June 17, 2013 Updated Jun 18, 2013 at 12:31 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.COM)

The baby boomer generation will soon outnumber students in public schools.

In response to this and similar striking statistics 12–hundred people attended the 2013 Age and Disability Conference Monday.

The 2013 Age and Disability conference is two day event to share information on how to better the community for seniors and those with disabilities.

"People over the age of 60 will increase over by 109 percent by the year 2035," says Lt. Gov. Yvonee Prettner Solon.

The rest of the population is only expected to increase by six to seven percent.

The Own Your Future Campaign, an initiative by the Minnesota Dept. of Human Services has been created to help people develop long–term health care plans.

"You want to live a long life and you want to have good quality of life at the end of your life and you want to retain choices about where you live and how you live then you have to start planning for it," Prettner Solon adds.

The increase can be attributed to an increase in longevity overall, and as the population ages, they are embracing lifestyles that allow them to retain their independence longer.

"Most elderly people would like to stay at home as long as possible...they may want to change out the rugs or put up additional grab bars, put safety equipment in, or timers maybe on lights," says Charlene Johnson of Home Instead Living Care.

Johnson says the entire community can do their part to help the elderly and the disabled.

"If you're going to the grocery store see if you can pick something up for them, if they're in need of additional services at home recommended a home care service for them there are lots of them out there," she advises.

Johnson also informs Alzheimer's cases should be expected to increase over the next few years and education on the disease is key.

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