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Written by: Michael Bolton on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 Posted in:

You may be surprised when you hear which states make up U.S. News and World Report’s list of the 10 fastest aging states.  (A hint…Florida didn’t even make the list.) 

What is not surprising about this list is that 80 percent are Harmony customers that are preparing for the increase in the aging population by providing access to home- and community-based long term services and supports.

The State of Alaska tops the list with the 65-plus population growing 58.1 percent between 2000 and 2011 with seniors making up 8 percent of the state’s total population. 

The remaining states in the list of 10 fastest aging states include:

2.       Nevada – 53.1 percent
3.       Arizona – 37.3 percent
4.       Idaho – 37.3 percent
5.       Colorado – 37.2 percent
6.       Georgia – 36.5 percent
7.       South Carolina – 35.3 percent
8.       Utah – 35.3 percent
9.       New Mexico – 32.6 percent
10.   North Carolina – 31.7 percent

With the entire country aging at a rapid pace, states need to continue to focus on building the infrastructure needed to support this population.

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