CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A think tank is predicting a “silver tsunami” in the next decade as baby boomers begin to reach age 65 in large numbers in New Hampshire and shift more health care costs to public programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.

The New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies issued a report Wednesday titled “Coming in 2020: New Hampshire’s ‘Silver Tsunami.’” It predicts the age shift will peak in the next decade and by 2030, nearly 500,000 residents — almost one-third of the population — will be over age 65. Currently, nearly 14 percent of state residents are over 65.

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