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State Bracing For Baby Boom Retirees

Connecticut has the seventh-highest population of retirees and that population is going to grow, experts warn.

 

With more Baby Boomers coming into retirement age Connecticut, which already has one of the highest rates of retirees in the nation, must be ready for the demands of that population, experts warned during a forum Monday in Hartford.

Dubbed the "silver tsunami,"  Connecticut's population of those 65 and older could increase by more than 64 percent within the next 15 years, officials with the Commission on Aging said during the event that drew state and municipal leaders who are concerned about how to prepare for the demographic shift, according to the Connecticut Mirror. The forum was co-sponsored by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities.

Some of the issue discussed for Connecticut's aging population included ideas like widening sidewalks, installing municipal bus stops with shelters and benches, creating more bicycle lanes and well-marked crosswalks, as well as making walk lights at crosswalks longer so that slower-moving seniors have time to safely cross the street, the Mirror report says.

Some of those changes would benefit the old and young alike, said Coralette Hannon, a representative with AARP who was the forum's keynote speaker.

"A curb-cut designed for a wheelchair user also benefits a parent pushing a baby stroller. A crosswalk safe for a senior is a crosswalk safe for a child," the Mirror quotes Hannon.

She also recommended that local leaders consider updating home design standards to make new housing more elder-friendly, including features like step-free entrances, non-slip floors and handicap-accessible bathrooms.

Lyn Withey January 16, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Hopefully, seniors (I am one) will remember that they can't have everything they want from the government at the expense of future generations and will learn to take advantage of what's already available. Shoreline transportation runs empty buses at taxpayer expense, while people complain about trivia.
David Irons January 16, 2013 at 02:40 PM
And all along I thought that CT was at the leading edge of dealing with the Baby Boom Retirees. They have been increasing taxes to the point that most of us will be moving to other less expensive states to live out our golden years. We can no longer afford to live in this state where we are taxed to death.

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