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The Boom NH Isn't Ready For?

February 12, 2007

Start counting the birthdays in New Hampshire and it's easy to see that the state's population is getting older. Steve Gorin with the New Hampshire Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers says the Granite State is now listed as the seventh oldest in terms of median age. He says Boomers are going to have to speak up if they want New Hampshire to be a permanent home, because community infrastructure isn't ready for them.

"Many people have been to Florida and noticed that in Florida stop signs are often larger to accommodate the aging eyes of older adults."

Gorin notes that health care access, transportation and "aging in place" assistance are the biggest needs for Boomers. "Aging in place" assistance can include nutrition counseling, home remodeling advice to accommodate less mobility, and home care help. Gorin and others have created a new group called EngAGING NH to raise awareness.
He adds that Boomers have been mostly silent on expectations for their retirement life, and that has to change.

"So many of us who are baby boomers are active and still think and feel that we're 21 or 22, that we haven't realized that aging is creeping up on all of us."

The report mentioned was prepared by the New England Economic Partnership for the New Hampshire Forum on the Future.

Deborah Smith/Jamie Folsom, Public News Service - NH