TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-A Jayhawk Area Agency study says 65% of Shawnee County's population is over the age of 55 and they are living longer than ever before.
Elected officials listened to the staff at Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging Wednesday who say this increase expands the demand for long term care.
City Council member Nathan Schmidt attended the "Spirit of Independence" meeting Wednesday at the Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging.
Executive Director Jocelyn Lyons says this increase creates a greater need for the elderly population to remain in home settings instead of institutions.
"I think it's important for our elected officials to know a little bit more about what type of barriers may exist for the population, but also be able to still know how active our population is," said Lyons.
Lyons says JAAA wants to be able to assist the older population so that they can still be active in the community.