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Georgia prepares for a grayer future

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By Jay Polk - bio | email

November 10, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Advocates for the elderly say Georgia needs to plan to meet the needs of a growing population of seniors.

Plans for the future of Georgia's aging population were discussed Monday at a meeting in Albany.

About 100 people gathered at First United Methodist Church for the annual meeting of the Southwest Georgia Council on Aging.

The featured speaker talked about how Albany and the rest of Georgia can become more friendly to seniors with a program to deal with the state's rapidly growing population of people over 60.

"Every few seconds another person turns 60. But by 2030 that number is going to double. And that is a tremendous number of people who are going to put a real strain on all of our programs and services. Unless we're prepared for them," said Kay Hind, the Executive Director of the SOWEGA Council on Aging.

That statewide program is called Georgia for a Lifetime.

It's designed to study the needs of the aging population and propose ways to meet those needs.

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