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Helping Local Governments Address the Aging Region
Southeast Michigan, along with the rest of the nation, is entering a period of demographic transformation. By 2035, one in four people in the region is expected to be age 65 or older. By addressing issues such as housing choices, local services, transportation options and economic opportunities, local governments can help retain and attract mature adults, retirees, baby- boomers, and other seniors in Southeast Michigan. Seniors are a major asset to the region, with their work experience and skills; willingness and time; voluntary service; disposable income and connections to the area. By considering the quality of life services and enhancements that appeal to older adults in the planning process, local governments can ensure that seniors feel engaged in the communities they call home.
SEMCOG continues to develop solutions and catalog resources to help communities address the challenges and opportunities related to a growing senior population.