The Phoenix

Study: Washington state tops list of where seniors are ‘living better lives’

- By John Grimaldi

The isolation triggered by the pandemic has caused many seniors to reevaluate their living conditions, particular­ly those who are living alone.

“To be sure, the lack of nearby or live-in family members ranks high in considerin­g a move to a more senior-friendly locale,” said Rebecca Weber, CEO of the Associatio­n of Mature American Citizens.

And Weber points out that the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates there are currently some 10.6 million seniors 65 and older who are still in the workforce, and if you are one of them you’ll want to seek out worker-friendly locales.

She said the BLS estimates that the number of 65-plus seniors still working is expected to increase to 16 million by 2030, including 32% in the 65-74 age range and nearly 12% in the over-75 range.

So, if you’re a senior and looking to make a move, how do you pick a place that can address your needs?

Many of you, if not most of you, would probably pick Florida as the ideal destinatio­n. If nothing else, Florida is noted for its climate and has long been considered the place to go when you retire.

But a new study conducted by the senior housing experts at put Florida in 28th place in its list of states where older citizens are “living better lives.”

“Florida, for example, which has long been thought of as a primary retirement destinatio­n, was in the middle of the pack,” Seniorly said. “This is likely

due to the nuances of our analysis, which sought to determine which states have made the most progress when it comes to improving the lives of older adults. So, that means a state like Florida probably didn’t have as far to go as others.”

Seniorly’s analysis compared all 50 states and the District of Columbia and had a potential top score of 306 across four main categories: physical health, mental health, finances and social lives.

“While no states reached that lofty goal, a couple of them got fairly close,” Seniorly said. “Washington was the top state overall, scoring 248.8, just two points ahead of secondplac­e finisher, North Dakota. Washington’s winning performanc­e was powered by its strength across three of the four categories, ranking second in physical health and social factors and fifth in finances.”

Massachuse­tts, New Hampshire and Vermont ranked third, fourth and fifth.

The states with the lowest scores were Hawaii, Arkansas, Utah, Michigan

and Nevada.

AMAC reached out to Seniorly for a pre-publicatio­n comment on the article.

Their reply: “Much of what you read about seniors is often negative. In our work with seniors and their families we’ve seen remarkable improvemen­ts in quality of life, health and happiness. We conducted this study to show where in America the outlook for seniors has improved the most. Even the states that ranked lower in our analysis are still better off than they were 10 years ago. While COVID-19 was devastatin­g, the lives of seniors as a whole are improving.”

The 2.4 million member Associatio­n of Mature American Citizens, www., is a vibrant, vital senior advocacy organizati­on that takes its marching orders from its members. AMAC Action is a nonprofit, non-partisan organizati­on representi­ng the membership in our nation’s capital and in local Congressio­nal Districts throughout the country.

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PIXABAY A new study shows that the outlook for seniors has improved in the U.S.

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