Our population is growing wiser. By 2030 23% of our population will be 60 or older. Additionally, Hawaii has one of the highest life expectancies among all states. As a result, our state will change, and instead of being reactive to these changes, we need to be proactive and plan for the future.
We need to be gearing our services to allow seniors to "age in place" in their own homes, where they prefer to be. As opposed to servicing a small number of seniors in live-in facilities with round the clock care, we should be moving toward mobile care teams who can visit a larger number of folks.
There will also be a huge demand in the coming decades for senior activities, medical care, housing and socializing. I've listened to our neighbors echo the same sentiment as they care for their aging parents. Our state needs to be thinking of how we can best position ourselves to have a system of private and public services to care for and protect our seniors.