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Lester Skipinaday and Jim Hensel appear to be playing poker at Heritage Thursday. It's actually a game called "Flip It" that sharpens memory, range of motion and math skills for nursing home residents. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Senior services could face big state cuts

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Deep cuts to a growth industry about to see a wave of Baby Boomers has nursing home administrators concerned for their futures: Who will take care of Gramma?

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Gov. Mark Dayton proposes, even after finding $1.2 billion in the state couch cushions, to annihilate a $5 billion deficit through cuts that could fall most heavily on the elderly, cutting funds to nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

That's at a time when the elderly population is rising at a steady rate.

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