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Maine's Urgent Challenge: Dealing with an Aging Population

Julie Fralich, former dir. of the Program on Disability and Aging at USM.
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PORTLAND, Maine - The new year presents Maine with an old question wrapped in a new urgency: how to care for those in their late years.

The latest Maine Policy Review devotes an issue to the challenges faced by Maine's increasing population of older adults. On Mondays this month, we'll talk with authors of some of these essays to learn more about the challenges a growing elderly population presents and how public policy is addressing them.

In this installment, Julie Fralich, who just retired as director of the Program on Disability and Aging within the Cutler Institute of the Muskie School at the University of Southern Maine, talks with MPBN Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz about the sometimes growing needs of older adults, and the shift underway in how we meet those needs.