The first of the baby boomers will become senior citizens next year, and researchers and community leaders warn Indiana needs to start preparing for the wave. One out of five Hoosiers is part of the post-World War Two baby boom. Phil Stafford with Indiana University‘s Center on Aging and Community said retirement communities are often built on the fringes of a community, adding that creates a host of transportation and other needs.
State Senator Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) and House Minority Leader Vi Simpson (D-Ellettsville) have proposed studying the creation of a “communities for a lifetime” designation, under which cities would commit to meeting standards designed to ensure seniors can remain in their homes. Marie Beason with the Indiana Grantmakers Alliance said it’s a good idea for communities to be aware of seniors‘ needs and plan accordingly, before the full force of the baby boom wave hits. The engagement initiative is a national effort to assess the challenges created by the aging of the baby boom generation.