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Berkshires called leader of 'age friendly' movement

The Age Friendly Berkshires project seeks to create an age-friendly county. In providing a background on the expected growth of an aging population in this area of Massachusetts, this Berkshire Eagle article draws from population estimates provided by the Institute. 

Berkshire County, with a median age of 44, already is older, on average, than any other area of the state, except for Cape Cod. The country's median age is 36.

By 2020, people older than 65 will make up 20 percent of residents in all but two municipalities in Berkshire County, according to the Donahue Institute of the University of Massachusetts. 

By 2030, people older than 50 will constitute 60 percent of the population in most Berkshire County communities.

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