The Maturing of America

A survey and report examine the kinds of services that communities will need to provide for an aging population.

PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS | Apr 5, 2017

An ICMA survey provided the basis for a publication prepared by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, The Maturing of America: Communities Moving Forward for an Aging Population. The report revealed that, at best, communities had managed to maintain the status quo for the period following the Great Recession.

It also notes that important advances have been made despite fiscal 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 nowhere 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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