Which states are the best places for seniors to live?
I came across an article of 24/7 Wall St. over the weekend that was very encouraging as well as informative. It discussed the best states for seniors to grow old in, so I was happy to see that Massachusetts made the list. While it would be best if we held the number one spot, I’m still pleased to see it ranked. Indeed, we can only improve with time.
Indeed, a few New England States made the list as some of the best States, which you can find at the end. According to the article, this Massachusetts and its neighboring states have a solid health care system as well as policies favorable to seniors, enabling more accessibility to senior services.
I live in Newton and I am very proud of the work that the Newton Senior Center does to reach out to local seniors and connect them to services that they need. For example, they offer some fitness classes as well as wellness and nutrition services to ensure that the community’s seniors receive the resources to continue living a quality way of life.
I am a big fan of day programs for seniors because they enable seniors to socialize with others. Also, these programs also provide the necessary care services as well as companionship at home. A senior doesn’t have to attend every day, so you can work out a schedule that works best for you and your loved one.
So, if Massachusettes and other New England states were some of the best places for seniors to live, then what were some of the worst? Included in that list: New Mexico, West Virginia, and Mississippi.
Differences between Massachusetts and Mississippi
Median Household Income Age 65+: $40,020 (15th highest) vs. $29,511 (the lowest)
Percentage 65+ with a Bachelor’s Degree or Higher: 29.2% (7th highest) vs. 18.2% (6th lowest)
Violent Crime Rate per 100,000 Residents: 404.0 (16th highest) vs. 267.4 (18th lowest)
Percentage 65+ with a Disability: 34.1% (10th lowest) vs. 45.1% (2nd highest)
Higher median income and education levels, and additionally, a lower crime rate and policies that make services accessible to seniors help keep them happier, healthier and safer as they age. Therefore it looks like, in Massachusetts, we’re doing a pretty good job.
So, which states make up the rest of the list?
2. New Hampshire
Read the article below to see which states were the best and which were the worst for seniors to live in:
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