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How San Diego Can Help Support Its Growing Senior Population

Rep. Scott Peters (D-San Diego) talks to seniors at the Serving Seniors Cente...

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Above: Rep. Scott Peters (D-San Diego) talks to seniors at the Serving Seniors Center in downtown San Diego ahead of a scheduled Senate vote that would repeal and replace Obamacare, Sept. 22, 2017.

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About one million San Diego residents will be 55 or older by the year 2030, that's a 194 percent increase from 2012, according to the San Diego Associations of Government.

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The San Diego region is greying.

About one million San Diego residents will be 55 or older by the year 2030, that's a 194 percent increase from 2012, according to the San Diego Associations of Government.

A new report by the San Diego Foundation and Circulate San Diego looks at the aging population in San Diego and lays out policy areas cities can focus on to help support older residents, from building more affordable housing to help seniors age in place to boosting access to public transportation and creating more outdoor spaces and places for seniors to gather.

Currently, the county of San Diego along with the cities of San Diego, Chula Vista and La Mesa are part of AARP’s “Age-Friendly Community” network.

The city of La Mesa is holding a series of public workshops this month to collect input from residents on its "age-friendly action plan."

Maya Rosas, Circulate San Diego's director of policy and author of the report, discusses the report's findings Tuesday on Midday Edition.

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