The population is aging, both within our region and across the United States. In 2019, the senior population (ages 65+) in our region is 150,983. In the next 10 years that number will increase by 20% to 182,363. With changes in health care, medicine, nutrition, and overall longer life expectancy, the proportion of seniors in our population will climb from historical averages of 10-15% to new levels of 25-30%, with some places seeing even higher rates. Communities that ignore this demographic sea-change will face many challenges in the coming years. Those that acknowledge, embrace, and prepare for this population shift will benefit from retirees moving to their communities, improved health care systems, greater ADA accessibility, and more vibrant and engaged senior populations. Moreover, planning on the front-end will enable older adults to age in place near their families, friends, and neighbors—and live fulfilling lives in their golden years.