The most recent U.S. Census statistics have shown that, once again, Maine is the grayest state in the nation and steadily getting older. The median age of residents is now 42.7, up from 38.6 in 2000.
As the 78 million baby boomers become seniors, there is expected to be an influx of seniors across the country. With these figures, it appears that Maine will be at the front of the pack.
"In Maine we have a very low birth rate so we don't have the increasing younger population to offset the aging baby boomers," Amanda Rector of the State Planning Office told the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. "We also see the younger population, particularly college-age students, moving out of state. We also tend to see retirees and the older population moving into the state which adds to the increasing median age as well."
One of the serious worries is accommodating the new numbers of elderly citizens who will need assistance at home. One way to do so is to install a senior alert system, because this device enables users to immediately send a medical alert to a call center, so they can age independently and safely.