The Free Press, Mankato, MN


October 14, 2013

Plans needed to handle graying population


In this state, we are lucky that efforts are being made to connect seniors to the information they need. One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors helps seniors and their families get information about state government and other services. In late August, the Start Minnesota initiative was unveiled, which is designed to help older Minnesotans find work by providing information and access to local employment resources (visit

Despite this attention paid to seniors, it’s obvious more has to be done on many levels to make sure the state is ready for this dramatic shift in demographics. Housing, tax collections, health care and employment are all affected. Community and government leaders need to plan for the future, taking steps to make sure preparations are made for a graying population.

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