A recent series published by the Pew Charitable Trusts called Going Gray asks how our nation’s growing population of older adults will shape suburban communities in the years ahead. According to the first article in the series, Can Car-Centric Suburbs Adjust to Aging Baby Boomers?, nearly two-thirds of Boomers in metropolitan areas live in the suburbs, and most want to age there. This is prompting local officials across the country to evaluate whether the infrastructure and neighborhood design of their communities meets the social and economic needs of older residents. While the challenges and their solutions may be complex, they also may inspire some creative opportunities.
To read the series, please visit the Stateline blog.
MORPC Directors Nancy Reger (Data & Mapping) and Kerstin Carr (Planning & Environment) had the opportunity to discuss with Sunny 95 radio’s Perspective program how Central Ohio’s growing population of residents age 65 and over will affect services closer to home. A recording of that program is available online.