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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Howard County's aging population's needs addressed

    I have blogged frequently about the aging of our Howard County population. A recent study by the Howard County Commission on Aging shows this reality in dramatic fashion. To give just one projection to show this the report looked at the population growth by age from 2010 to 2040. The 0-4 year old group grows by 9%, the 5-19 age group decreases by 1% (underutilized school buildings in our future?), 20-39 increases by 17%, 40-64 increases 2% and the 65+ population increases by 165%.   Because of this reality the County Government is developing a Master Plan for the Aging Population.  Today is one of two community meetings to present the plans for the Master Plan.  Here is the information on the sessions:

    "Howard County Master Plan for the Aging Population, a comprehensive planning initiative to design the types of services, programs and facilities that will be needed to address the future needs of this growing segment of the County’s population. 
     The Master Plan will examine whether existing older adult services and senior centers will be 
adequate to support the increased demand for services. Also, due to the growing awareness of 
how aging is changing, the Master Plan will look at what services tomorrow’s older adults may 
need and want. The number of adults aged 65 and over is projected to more than double by 
2025. 
     Two community meetings are scheduled for May 28 and June 3 to provide information about the planning process.

Wednesday, May 28 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City, Md. 21042

Tuesday, June 3 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, Md. 21044"


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