April 30, 2012

SandBoxBlogs: Vail Daily News "Riding the age wave"

Randy Wyrick:
"This is the first part of a three-part series on aging in the high country and the opportunities and challenges that come with it.

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado — Baby boomers have moved through America's economy and culture like a pig through a python — and now they're retiring.

“Baby boomers have changed everything. They changed elementary school, junior high and high school, and they'll change retirement,” said Elizabeth Garner, Colorado's state demographer. “It will impact us across our society — the labor force, health care, almost everything we touch.”

Colorado is aging, especially in mountain-resort communities. The state will see a more normal age distribution than the mountain communities are accustomed to.

“We're becoming more normal. Our economy is becoming more like the rest of the U.S.,” Garner said.

“It's not good; it's not bad. It's just different,” Garner said. “If we don't plan for it, it could be bad.”

For the near future, the number of people between ages 60 and 70 will increase, at least partially from second-home owners retiring and making this their primary residence, Garner said.

Will they stay?

“Who knows what's really going to happen,” Garner said....."  (Read more?  Click title)

"Unapologetically pursuing and tracking patterns within the news others make since 2010."

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