Appalachia's aging population is rising fast

MT. ORAB, Ohio (AP) - The graying of America is in full swing in
the nation's Appalachian region.
In some places in the 13-state region, senior citizens account
for 1 out of every 5 people - a benchmark the U.S. as a whole isn't
expected to reach for another 18 years.
That means more demand for health care, economic help,
transportation and other assistance in a part of the country that
is already struggling economically.
One expert calls the Appalachian region "the canary in the coal
mine" for what the U.S. as a whole can expect to see.
The answer, according to politicians and activists, is a
combination of government and community efforts to help elderly
people stay healthy and keep their homes.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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