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Elderly homeless will create new challenges

The aging of the baby boom generation will strain medical care, nursing homes and the Social Security system. Sadly, it also will create new challenges for social services. A report released Monday by the National Alliance to End Homelessness projects a 33 percent increase over the next decade in elderly people who are homeless. Though the numbers likely won't be great in Sedgwick County — local officials last year counted only nine homeless people over age 65 — these individuals may need additional care and support. It's smart to start thinking about and preparing for these challenges now.