State Senator Mary Easley is once again filing legislation, Senate Bill 23, to create an independent Department of Aging to help better address the needs of Oklahoma’s fast-growing elderly population. “It’s so frustrating that this issue hasn’t been given more consideration by the Legislature. Every year, it gets thrown aside on claims that it’s too expensive an endeavor or that we’re doubling up on work, but this isn’t the case,” said Easley. “The fact is our seniors have to jump through hoops right now to try to get any help on a number of issues because the services they need are spread across at least eight different agencies; and that has got to change.” Oklahoma’s baby-boomer population, those born between the years of 1946 and 1964, is the state’s largest demographic and is expected to explode within the next two years as they reach retirement age. The latest census data, which was as of July 2007, shows that there were nearly 662,000 Oklahomans over the age of 60 making up over 18 percent of the state’s population; and that number is expected to reach one million by 2010.