Richard James is director of community services for the City of
Palo Alto and can be reached at Richard.James@CityofPaloAlto.org.
Lisa Hendrickson of Avenidas Adult Services also contributed to
this article and the original report for Palo Alto.
It’s no secret that California is graying. Newspaper, television,
government and scholarly reports tell us that the first wave of
the Baby Boom generation is now entering into their
years and we are on the threshold of a major shift in demographic
characteristics. In the next
30 years, our state’s “senior” population will double due to the
sheer size of the Boomer group and — thanks to medical and health
advancements — live longer than any previous generation.