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Missouri to celebrate Older Americans Month

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) - More than 50 experts are traveling throughout Missouri this month to offer tips on important health and financial issues for seniors.

The traveling speakers are part of the national Older Americans Month. The month was created nearly 50 years to recognize and assist seniors. The speakers are to discuss home improvement, Medicare, treatment of Alzheimer's disease and how to make nursing homes feel more like home. An entertainer in Springfield is to sing Judy Garland songs.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says about 14 percent of the state's population is at least 65 years old. But that is expected to grow substantially over the next 15 years. By 2015, seniors are expected to make up nearly 20 percent of the state's population.

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