This post is part of a series on the state budget featuring the voices of North Carolina experts on what our state needs to progress so that all North Carolinians have a fair shot to get ahead.
By Mary Bethel – President, NC Coalition on Aging
The Baby Boomers Are Here! North Carolina is experiencing a significant increase in our older population as the state’s 2.4 million baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) have begun to enter the retirement age. Today, 1 in 5 – over 2 million people – are age 60 and over and there are 170,000 people age 85+ living in the state. By 2018, the state as a whole, and 90 of the 100 counties, will have more population 60 and over than age 0-17.
With this growth in the number of older adults comes an increased need for legislative action to help those who need assistance. Many aging advocacy groups in the state, including the NC Coalition on Aging, a statewide alliance composed of agencies; organizations, groups and supporting individuals concerned with issues impacting older North Carolinians (www.nccoalitiononaging.org); are asking the General Assembly to appropriate funding for two priority areas. Read more