It’s a fact: 60,000 Minnesotans turn 65 this year, next year and every year through 2030. Soon 25 percent of our adult population will be 65+. Some parts of the state are at the leading edge of this silver tsunami. In Aitkin County in 2015, 37 percent of the adult population were already seniors and by 2030, 47 percent will be 65+. In Rock County, already at least 28 percent of adults are seniors – in Cook County at least 30 percent of current adult residents are seniors.
Seniors will represent 97 percent of Minnesota’s population growth through 2030. In fact, 49 out of 87 counties will see their senior population double between 2015 and 2030. During that same time frame, Hennepin County will have more than 84,000 of its residents celebrate their 65th birthdays.
This big shift will impact nearly everyone in Minnesota in one way or the other, from needing to find the right care and services for an aging loved one to preparing for your own later years. This means Minnesota will need to support ways to ensure all seniors get the care and services they need when they need them. One step to prepare for this is to support the reforms to home and community-based services the legislature sent to the Governor this week.