UAMS Plans Study of Aging Arkansans

DECEMBER 16, 2005 - Posted at 1:10 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences today announced that it will conduct a survey of Arkansans to see what they might need, as older persons, in the year 2020.  The demographics study was proposed to see what the state needs to do as its population grows older.  State Senator Shane Broadway of Bryant said the review will also look at the needs of Hispanics and other groups.

Already, 14 percent of Arkansans are age 65 or older, compared to 12.4 percent nationally.  Also, Arkansas has the country's second-fastest growing Hispanic population, with many unable to speak English.

The study is called Arkansas 2020, and is modeled after one in New York called Project 2015.

The study is expected to be completed in a year.

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