Southwestern Oregon told to brace for ‘silver tsunami’


Baby boomers are expected to relocate from California to the Pacific Northwest in the coming years, according to an Oregon economist.

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Baby boomers are expected to relocate from California to the Pacific Northwest in the coming years, according to an Oregon economist.

“Think of it as capturing Medicare dollars in Douglas County,” said John Tapogna, president of ECONorthwest. Tapogna said a proposed private health care college in downtown Roseburg would be a step in the right direction.

Douglas County long has been a center of logging and milling in Oregon, but it is one of the Southern Oregon areas whose economies have suffered because of protections for endangered species that curtailed logging on federal lands and mechanization and consolidation among milling and wood products companies.

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