AUGUTSA, Maine (AP) — Hundreds of Mainers are meeting to explore ways to combat challenges facing the state due to its aging population.
Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves of North Berwick is hosting an Aging Summit on Friday at the Civic Center in Augusta.
Eves’ office says nearly 400 people are expected at the event.
Attendees hope to come up with policies concerning the aging population, like creating new housing and transportation options and developing ways to attract young workers to the state.
A state analysis of recent census data found Maine has the nation’s highest rate of baby boomers at more than 29 percent and the oldest median age, 43.
Eves’ office says that between 1990 and 2009, the number of Maine residents 85 years and older has risen 58 percent.