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Abercrombie wrong to cancel on AARP, seniors


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 15, 2014

~~<p>Hawaii leaders never dispute the importance of aging issues; anyone who tried would have the weight of statistics against them. According to figures from the state's Executive Office on Aging, the 2010 census showed that 1 in 5 Hawaii residents were age 60 or older. By 2020, that population will represent 1 in 4 of the total.</p>
<p>And in a little more than five years, the number of people age 85 and older &mdash; the frail elders, who need the most help with daily routines &mdash; will rise by one-third, to a total of about 40,000 people. It's a multigenerational concern, since what happens to seniors also happens to the families who bear the caregiving responsibilities.</p>
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Hawaii leaders never dispute the importance of aging issues; anyone who tried would have the weight of statistics against them. According to figures from the state's Executive Office on Aging, the 2010 census showed that 1 in 5 Hawaii residents were age 60 or older. By 2020, that population will represent 1 in 4 of the total.

And in a little more than five years, the number of people age 85 and older — the frail elders, who need the most help with daily routines — will rise by one-third, to a total of about 40,000 people. It's a multigenerational concern, since what happens to seniors also happens to the families who bear the caregiving responsibilities. Login for more...



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