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Nevada County Struggles With Senior Surge

California’s senior population continues to climb significantly. A new report from the Legislative Analyst’s Office says the number of those 65 and older is projected to more than double by 2060, or from 5-million to 12-million. And it’s expected to shift from being majority white to majority nonwhite by 2030. The report says the rapid growth and changing demographics raise issues about long-term support services. At Gold Country Community Services in Grass Valley, Sandy Jacobson says they have a waiting list. And she says government funding hasn’t changed much and is not expected to for years to come…

click to listen to Sandy Jacobson

And, Jacobson says, alternative funding is also difficult to find…

click to listen to Sandy Jacobson

The report also projects an increase of seniors who have difficulty performing daily activities..or from 1-million in 2015 to 2.7 million in 2060. On average, seniors turning 65 between 2015 and 2019 are projected to live for another 23 years. White seniors are projected to spend 3.6 of those years with a disability, compared to 5.8 years for Hispanics and 5.6 years for nonwhite, non-Hispanic seniors.

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