03/12/13 - 7:16am
The Kenai Peninsula is home to more people 50 years old or older than there are residents in the Nome U.S. Census Area and North Slope Borough combined, according to 2010 U.S. Census data.
About 41 percent — or 20,719 — of the 55,400 total Peninsula residents are 50 years old or older, and about 12 percent are 65 and older, according to the census data.
Of those who are older there is a large population with disabilities that require help day to day, said Debbie Jenkins, a support professional for Hope Community Resources.
“It’s a huge population,” Jenkins said.