Conference highlights Maine’s status as oldest state in nation

Posted Oct. 25, 2011, at 5:28 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Challenges associated with Maine’s aging population were the topic of a daylong conference sponsored by the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging.

More than 175 people attending the conference Tuesday at the Augusta Civic Center were told Maine’s population is aging faster than any other state’s.

In 2000, Maine’s population was the third oldest in the nation, behind Florida and West Virginia. Those attending the conference were told that now Maine has risen to be the oldest state in the nation. The conference also covered federal and state changes affecting Maine seniors’ safety net.

The aging population also has implications for housing, health care and transportation issues.