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Winter 2012


Aging population, Older people -- Services for, Older people -- Oregon -- Portland


The fact that the U.S. is aging is not new; many headlines in 2011, while not heralding the coming of the Boomers, were related to the demographic phenomenon of population aging, including those concerning the government's failed efforts to find solutions to budget deficits, questions pertaining to the future solvency of Social Security, and the extended debate over our nation's health care system. The aging population presents both challenges and opportunities for our region, state, and country in the coming years. The challenge for leaders and policymakers now is to better understand the dynamics that we are facing and to develop appropriate policy responses.


Originally appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of Metroscape, published by the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies, Portland State University.

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