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Aging Boomers Overtax Many Towns, Report Says

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Many communities across the nation aren't prepared to deal with the future health and safety needs of aging baby boomers, according to a study sponsored by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Whether they like their companies or not, baby boomers are rapidly approaching retirement age. And today's last word on business involves the 71 million people who will be over 65 by the year 2030.

That's the forecast of a study to be released today. Its sponsors include a group called the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. It found that many local communities are acting like people who keep saying year after year that they're only 39.

The study focused on services such as healthcare and nutritional programs and public safety and emergency awareness, and it found that only a minority of communities across the nation have actually started to address the needs of the expanding elderly population.

Sooner or later, though, these communities will become a certain age.

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