As people live longer, this country is forced to deal with a substantial aging population, and Gail Gilman-Waldner--of the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging--shared some thoughts on ways communities can cope with the “age wave” during a Monday presentation in the community building.

Her talk was part of the Wellspring Faith In Action Lunch & Learn series.

Gilman-Waldner said Monday that by 2020, there will be more people over 60 than in school in Minnesota. Furthermore, 25 percent of the state’s population will be over 65 by 2030.

So, those are the numbers, but the group of seniors and Gilman-Waldner all said Monday that St. James has done an excellent job of making the community friendly and accessible to an aging population.

For the full story, including a breakdown of the things St. James does well to accommodate seniors and how cities can become "communities for a lifetime," please see the March 13 print edition of the St. James Plaindealer--on sale now.