GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin needs a larger workforce to care for the elderly population the state will have in the next decade.
That's according to Sunny Archambault of the Brown County Aging and Disability Resource Center.
She tells the Green Bay Press-Gazette we'll have a lot more people 75 and older in the next 10 years. And they'll need services like health care and transportation much more than today's 65-year-olds, who are generally in better health.
Archambault says her region does not have enough trained workers yet to care for the elderly -- and there's not enough affordable transportation, especially in rural areas.
The Press-Gazette said Northeast Wisconsin's elderly population has grown at a faster rate in the last 10 years than the state as a whole.
According to Census figures, Wisconsin had 777,000 residents 65 and older last year. The seniors' growth rate is twice that of younger age groups -- and almost 1 of every 7 Wisconsinites is now at least 65.
Door County had the largest growth rate of seniors in the northeast. About 22 percent of Door County residents are now at least 65.