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In Maine, a growing challenge

October 2, 2012

With an aging generation of baby boomers reaching retirement age and a growing population of people 65 and older nationally, safety among older drivers is becoming a greater concern among health and safety officials.

Maine is now the oldest state in the nation, with a median age of 42.7, topping Florida, with a median age of 40.7, according to the U.S. Census.

“We’re living longer than ever before,” said Katherine Freund, president of the Independent Transportation Network of America, a nonprofit group started in Portland. ITN provides rides to seniors. Freund started the group after her little boy was struck and injured by an elderly driver.

Nationally, 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 every day. That will continue for 18 years, she said. “That’s the wave everyone is talking about. People are outliving lots of systems,” including transportation.

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