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.