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Surprising Study Shows Washington State Is Where Older Citizens Are “Living Better Lives”


WASHINGTON, DC, May 6 – The isolation triggered by the pandemic has caused many seniors to re-evaluate 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,” according to Rebecca Weber, CEO of the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. 

And Weber points out that the Bureau of Labor Statistics [BLS] 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.  By the way, she says, 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 to 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.  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,” explain the folks at Seniorly. 

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.  Washington was the top state overall, scoring 248.8, just two points ahead of second-place 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.

As for the states with the lowest scores, they were Hawaii, Arkansas, Utah, Michigan and Nevada, in that order.

AMAC reached out to Seniorly for a pre-publication comment on this 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.”

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Herb S
7 months ago

We looked at it and said NO! Incredibly expensive, 10 months of the year miserable climate.

8 months ago

Seattle has gone the way of other cities like San Francisco. The emerald city isn’t as bad but it trying to go that way. But, there is more to Washington State than Seattle. I never expected to end up here, it was never on my dream sheets. But I got sent here and sort of got stuck here. Western Washington, and I say that because Eastern and Western Washington are as different as night and day, takes a little getting use to. It’s rarely cold or hot. It rarely actually rains, it drizzles for weeks, months with cloudy skies and a few sun breaks. The people are not friendly and it’s not a cheap place to live. Housing is an issue, it’s expensive. Gas is taxed and over $4.50 now. The sales tax is 10%. But I’m still here at 72 – why? There are jobs, lots of good, well paying jobs. I bought a house 20 years ago that has more than doubled in price. Good health care is close at hand. I’m retired military. I’m retire federal service and I maxed out my SS. I have Tri-care for life, Madigan Army Medical Center, Seattle VA, American Lake VA and a VA clinic two miles from my home. Plus specialty clinics within walking distant. We have lots of traffic but we have pretty good roads. Eating, shopping and entertainment close at hand for all ages. Can I afford to live here? Yes, but I have additional income and savings other than social security. If you suffer from depression this might not be the best place for you. But it’s got a lot to offer. The mountains are spectacular if you like snow. The ocean is close at hand if you like the beech. We have all the major sports. And it’s green, trees, grass, forest, parks, wildlife if that’s what you like. I’ve never seen a tornado here or a violent thunderstorm, I haven’t seen more that 2 feet of snow fall in a day, I use my air-conditioner about 7 days a year, my heat pump is sufficient all winter. We have airports, train stations, and travel boats. Seattle is a nice place to visit during the day but not where I’d ever live. Someone else can address Eastern Washington, it’s a totally different world.

8 months ago

Muslims, Illegal Aliens, ANTIFA, Leftists and the crime wave all ignored in this POLLYANNA article.

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