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May 27, 2014

Deseret News: 'Silver tsunami' set to hit Utah as older Utahns start to outnumber preschoolers

Michelle Schmitt - Email

MILLCREEK — It's Wednesday, which means it's time for the ladies' weekly bridge game at Millcreek Community Center.

When the community center opened last year, the bridge group, which started more than 50 years ago, decided to move its weekly gathering from members' homes to the facility at 2266 E. Evergreen.

The number of Salt Lake County residents age 60 and up is expected to surpass the school-age population by 2033, according to population projections. By 2050, the number of seniors 60 and older will exceed the county's schoolage children.

The demographic shift poses significant challenges for the county's Division of Aging and Adult Services, which offers nutrition programs and operates facilities where seniors can recreate, learn and mingle, among other services.

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