Study: 30 Percent Increase In Ohio’s Older Population By 2050

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A new study suggests by 2050 Athens County will have a majority of its population be over 60.

Miami University's Scripps Gerontology Center has predicted 50 of Ohio's 88 counties will have 30 percent or more people ages 60 and older by 2050.
The Area Agency on Aging District 8 Director Rick Hindman says Athens County in particular will have a major change in their population.
"If you look at Athens County right now, the majority of the population is between 20 and 24 years of age. By 2050, the majority of the population will be between 60 and 64 years of age, even with the student population," said Hindman.
Hindman's District eight covers eight southeastern Ohio counties including Athens and Hocking.
He says Athens is the only one of the eight counties in his district that won't reach the 30 percent increase due to the student population.
The study was done to figure out how to best provide the care and services to older people who live in their homes and stay engaged in their communities.