Donna Robirds stands in her kitchen at her home in Mount Orab, Ohio. At age 67, on a fixed income and still paying a mortgage on the manufactured home whose value has fallen in the nationís housing market crisis, she lives on a tight budget. Already older than the nation at large, Appalachia's population will soon become grayer than ever as the baby boomer generation adds more 65 and older residents.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press .
published Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
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MT. ORAB, Ohio — It’s winter, so Donna Robirds puts on two sweaters in the morning and keeps heavy blankets handy as she sets her thermostat low — 60 at night — and bundles up to keep her utility bill down.