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10 Best Cities for Aging

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10 Best Cities for Aging

By Anne-Marie Botek, Editor

Contrary to commercialized images of the senior living ideal, elders don’t need sunny skies and palm trees to age well.

What they do need, according to the “Best Cities for Successful Aging” report by the Milken Institute, is actually a far more complex set of circumstances.

“We define that [successful aging] as living in a safe, affordable, engaging and connected community,” says Milken COO Paul Irving, in a video describing the study. The report delves into the true necessities of aging adults. “It’s not about the cities with the most sunny days, or the greatest number of golf courses,” he says.

Most studies that focus on uncovering the ‘top cities to grow old in’ draw their conclusions from surveys of elderly residents.

The Milken study took a different approach, using the knowledge of a panel of elder care experts to develop a list of dozens different metrics of “successful aging.” Researchers then evaluated and ranked over 350 cities nationwide on factors such as: average cost of living, number of doctors and hospital beds, rates of Alzheimer’s, obesity and mental illness, number of grocery stores, and opportunities for employment and volunteerism.

The cities were categorized into two groups (large and small) based on the size of their population.

Next: The Top Five Large Cities for Aging

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9:57AM PST on Jan 12, 2014

This is good to know - and good to consider as I age.

8:47AM PDT on Jun 4, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

11:55PM PDT on May 15, 2013

Thank you for the great information.

12:53AM PDT on May 15, 2013

I wouldn't think that cities with snowy weather would be top of the list for seniors. When I retire, I always thought I would like a mild climate and an ocean nearby. Interesting to look into the cities mentioned to see what they offer. Thanks.

3:53AM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

great article

8:12AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

If I ever get to retire I'll come back to this article ~ thanks for the info!

7:21AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012


6:20PM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

Good to know! Anything in CA though?

6:13PM PDT on Aug 10, 2012


5:00PM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

Thanks. I'm staying right here in the Pacific NW.

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