Aging baby boomers will create 'silver tsunami' for Sonoma County

Before she came to Santa Rosa 16 years ago, Jackie Cohen spent her life in New York City.

Cohen, 86, raised her family working as a secretary while her husband, a World War II veteran who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, worked in maintenance at the Lincoln Center.

But Cohen, who lives at the Silvercrest senior complex in Santa Rosa, left New York to be closer to her son and has never regretted the move.

"The best thing I ever did was come here," Cohen said. "I think Santa Rosa is wonderful. There are so many programs here for seniors."

Even with those programs, growing old has not been easy. Cohen struggles with arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. And as the ranks of the elderly begin to swell, it's not at all clear that the community will be able to maintain the level of care and resources Cohen has come to appreciate.

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