Coastal Carolinas growing, graying

Since 1995, the number of clients served by the Horry County Council on Aging has grown by 2,200 percent.

The U.S. Census Bureau just released results of American Community Surveys taken between 2005 and 2007 that show Horry and Georgetown counties and Brunswick County, N.C., are growing, and at least in Brunswick and Horry counties, populations are growing older.

That's no surprise to Ray Fontaine, executive director of the Horry County Council on Aging. In 1995, his agency had about 500 clients. Now it has more than 11,000.

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