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New projections say Ohio will have 16 counties in 2050 where a third of the population will be at least age 60.
None of Ohio's 88 counties had such a high percentage of 60-or-older people in 2010, underscoring challenges ahead as the Baby Boomer generation becomes grayer and life spans increase. The forecasts based on data analysis and current trends are from Miami University's Scripps Gerontology Center.
Earlier projections showed six Ohio counties are expected to have a third of their 2020 populations as 60 or older.
Older populations are common in the economically struggling Appalachian region. One county, Noble, is projected to have half its population 60 or older by 2050.
Ohio officials say changes are needed to provide for senior needs and keep people in their homes longer.