Re “World ‘at immediate and genuine risk,’ Jerry Brown warns in final state address” sacbee.com, Jan. 25): Gov. Jerry Brown will soon be 80 years old. In just 12 years, in 2030, 20 percent of Californians will be over age 65. People over age 85 are the fastest growing cohort of the state's population. It is expected that 70 percent of people over 65 will need long-term care. The availability of family caregivers is declining. Approximately 20 percent of seniors live below the poverty level. People over 65 are the fastest growing segment of the homeless. Almost 600,000 Californians over age 55 have Alzheimer's disease. That number will almost double in the next 12 years. Brown made no mention of seniors in his speech.
Mike Montgomery, Sacramento
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