A new assisted living center has opened in Rhinelander. The Rennes Health and Rehab Center held a ribbon cutting ceremony today.
A few dozen staff members, community leaders and patients gathered at the new nursing facility to celebrate its opening. But the Rennes Health and Rehab Center has actually been taking care of patients since March 1st. That’s when the group closed its location in Phelps and moved 33 patients to the new Rhinelander facility.
A local UW-Extension agent says the population shift toward more older residents in Wisconsin is even more pronounced in the Northwoods.The U-S Census Bureau says 14 percent of the state’s population was 65-or-older as of last July. That’s .7 percent more than in the 2010 Census. Wisconsin had an estimated 824,500 seniors as of last July. That includes 124,000 who were 85-or-older – an increase of 6,000 during the previous two years. Also, Wisconsin’s percentage of senior citizens is larger than the national figure of 13.7 percent.