Graying of Hilton Head Could Drive Housing Costs Higher


retirement boatState regulators say Beaufort County needs 1,400 nursing home beds to serve its current population. Just 491 beds exist countywide.

That could spell trouble for Hilton Head Island, a rapidly aging town that is expected to continue to “gray.”

“People don’t realize what we’ll be facing in 10, 15 years,” said Edwina Hoyle, the executive director of Memory Matters on Hilton Head, a nonprofit that helps people with dementia. “We need to prepare for it. The active 65-year-old of today will eventually need a level of care and resources that I’m not sure Hilton Head can meet.”

Hoyle, who works with people everyday who are struggling to find the support they need for themselves or a senior they love, calls it Hilton Head’s “silver tsunami.” New admissions to her daycare program for residents with dementia have nearly doubled from 24 to 49 participants in the past five years.


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