Few US cities prepared for aging baby boomers

FILE - In this Wednesday, April 9, 2008 file photo, Debbie Coluter, a certified nursing assistant, holds the hand of an elderly inmate with Alzheimer's disease, as she helps him to his cell at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

FILE - In this Wednesday, April 9, 2008 file photo, Debbie Coluter, a certified nursing assistant, holds the hand of an elderly inmate with Alzheimer's disease, as she helps him to his cell at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Few communities are thinking about how to plan for the growing number of baby boomers who will be moving out of the workforce and into retirement.

Advocates for older Americans say cities need to be planning and making changes now. They say baby boomers are going to need help with transportation, housing and other services.

The federal Administration on Aging says one out of every five Americans will be 65 and older by 2030.

One reason for the slow response is the economy.

Dwindling budgets have forced cities to put the issue on the back-burner. Many have cut spending for home meal deliveries and shuttling folks who can no longer drive.

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging says cities know they need to act but haven't done so yet.


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