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People with Parkinson’s disease participate Sept. 10, 2012, in a therapy class at Bethesda wellness center in Willmar. Last year Bethesda launched an initiative to become a regional magnet for people with Parkinson’s disease. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

An aging population


We’re getting older, especially in rural Minnesota, and census reports and demographic projections confirm this.                               

According to the Minnesota State Demographer’s Office, all but a handful of counties will be home to more than one in five people over age 65 by 2030. And for the first time in state history, by 2020 there will be more people over 65 than school-aged children.

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