In case you haven't heard, the baby boomers aren't so young any more. In five years, the first of them will be 65.
That sounds like a lot of time, but to the West Virginia officials looking at an overhaul of the state's long-term care system, it will take all of that time - and maybe more - to get the job done correctly.
To say that the issue is urgent is no exaggeration. The Associated Press reports that 15.3 percent of the state's residents are older than 65.
That's third in the nation after Pennsylvania, with 15.6 percent and Florida, with 17.6 percent.
About 18 percent of West Virginia's population is between 50 and 64. That's what is termed "near elderly" by Sally Richardson, executive director of the West Virginia University Institute for Health Policy Research.