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A need to look ahead

The majority of Wyoming’s 65+ are ‘young-old,’ according to a new report

Wyoming is aging and aging quickly.

That fact is not new.

In 2014, experts urged state action to prepare for an impending “gray wave” in Wyoming. The state’s rapidly aging population is raising similar concerns almost a decade later.

But there is a silver lining.

The majority of Wyoming’s 65 and over residents are “young-old,” giving the state valuable time to reinforce its elderly and health care systems, according to a new report and data compiled by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Boston in partnership with the Wyoming Healthy Aging Coalition and the University of Wyoming.

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