DETROIT (WWJ) – You could call it the “graying” of Michigan. As WWJ’s Rob Sanford reports, the average age of state residents is going up.

The Health Care Association of Michigan has completed a study that found state residents are aging at an ever faster pace.

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“Michigan is an old state in terms of its aging population, and it’s growing older faster than most of the country,” said Dave Laumia, spokesman for the Health Care Association of Michigan.”

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The study found that both the over 65 population and the over 85 population in Michigan are increasing more rapidly than the national average.

Other conclusions were that the caregiver population (between 25-44 years of age) has declined by more than 500,000 in Michigan during the last decade. This means fewer caregivers for a growing elderly population.

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