Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell calls it “the great tsunami.”
The population of South Carolina residents 60 and older grew by 40 percent from 2000 to 2010, according to the U.S. Census. By 2030, that population is expected to increase by 67 percent to more than 1.5 million people, according to a population estimate from the S.C. Office of Research and Statistics.
S.C. policymakers expect the growing numbers of seniors to strain the state’s health care and transportation systems, not to mention the state budget. In response, the Silver Haired Legislature – the legislatively-sanctioned body that advises S.C. lawmakers on aging issues – is preparing for the 2014 legislative session with a host of recommendations that are getting some traction with lawmakers.
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