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Forums @ First Crisis: Your Future Independence

“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

(Philippians 4:19)

Having just celebrated our Independence Day on July 4, we tend to think in terms of not being a slave to others, or of not relying on others. It can also apply to the young person who leaves home for college and his or her ‘independence’ for the first time. Or when we pay off the mortgage and are independent of the bank. There is yet another form of independence – one that applies to those in their 30’s, 40’s — 90’s. It is the thought of living independent.

The present world is full of unknowns. How long will I live? How long will my loved ones live? Will I develop some incapacitating condition at some point? Who will take care of me? Will I have funds to pay for my or my spouse’s expenses? Will there be any government programs available, considering the possible elimination or decrease of funding given today’s political environment? These are the concerns of those 65 and older, but, “also,” the increasing concerns of the young people of today: and rightly so! Because it is that population that can do something about their prospects.

In 15 years, the population of Olmsted County is expected to have increased by approximately 18,500. Given the ratio of growth over the years of 2010 to 2015, the proportion of those 65+ is increasing dramatically faster than any other segment of the population (12.6 % of the population in 2010; 14.4% in 2015). Of the population increase from 2010 to 2015, 51.1% were over 65. From 2015 to 2035, that population will increase 59%. Remember, if you are 47 today, you will be 65 in 2035!

There is more than sufficient reason to be concerned if you live in Olmsted County. As indicated above, a dramatic increase (over and above that of the state of Minnesota) in the 65+ population is about to occur. And in an alarming manner. More people, from all over the country and world, are moving to the Med City because of Mayo Clinic’s high ratings in health care. The 65+ population is dramatically outpacing the working population, i.e., meaning more individuals are needing assistance of various forms with a decreasing number of individuals to provide the necessary attention. Government funding is decreasing as states and the country tighten budgets. Younger members of society have demonstrated less ability to save adequately for retirement.

On Tuesday, August 29, the Social Concerns Committee will present their 10th Forum @ First, a special panel on CRISIS: Your Future Independence. The panel will include Dr. Susan Brower, the State of Minnesota Demographer, making a rare appearance, given her very busy schedule. In addition to Susan, the Forum will include Ms. Emily Ties, Director of Adult and Family Services, and Mr. Scott Maloney, Executive Director of Rochester Family Service.

This invitation is to encourage you to attend and participate in a very relevant conversation. Remember to save the date.

Date: Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: First Presbyterian Church


  ~ Social Concerns Committee / K.J. Aalderks