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Conference on Aging Looks at Baby Boomers

Posted May 21, 1997

— Growing old is something many of people dread, but a group of North Carolina senior citizens is trying to put a shine on the golden years.

A joint conference put together by American Association of Retired Persons, the State Division of Aging, and the North Carolina Senior Games is underway. They say the face of North Carolina is changing.

Nationwide, North Carolina has the 11th highest population of adults over the age of fifty and older adults are the fastest growing section of North Carolina's population, with baby boomers going gray.

The Confernce on Aging called "Live Better Longer" is tapping into seniors' concerns. Mary Bethel of the NC Division on Aging says continued independence is one of the biggest.

There are a host of ideas to help people gro older better at this 4-day conference, but there are also ideas to help protect them from things such as telephone fraud.

Seniors attending this conference are not taking aging sitting down. Governor Jim Hunt said he sees potential.

Now, seniors are building a list of demands from the legislature and, as the graying population grows, so does the likelhood that those demands will be met.

The Aging Conference continues Thursday. Representatives Bob Etheridge and Eva Clayton are scheduled speakers.

WRAL's Bret Baier reporting

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