And speaking of business, this is another area in which our aging population could be an asset, rather than a detriment. Right now, the Executive Service Corps of Otsego-Delaware offers an opportunity for active or retired professionals to consult with small businesses and not-for-profit organizations.
This is a particularly valuable model for our market, where there is plenty of knowledge and expertise among our aging population. Perhaps there is more that can be done to help local businesses thrive and grow by tapping into that well of knowledge.
In the end, our aging population is not a “problem” to be “solved” — it is a reality that we are already living with. While we must prepare for some of the challenges associated with this trend, we should also look at ways to capitalize upon the opportunities it affords us.