Best Cities for Successful Aging: 2017 Picks

Age-friendly cities improve the quality of life for ALL residents. Did your town make the list?

Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging chair and Encore.org board of directors Vice-Chair Paul Irving spearheaded the annual effort to identify the best places for people of all ages. Read an excerpt below, and find the full report here.

“In a time when lives are extending into eight, nine and even 10 decades, yesterday’s notion of idling away our later years is fading. While the health and economic challenges of aging remain significant concerns, an increasing number of today’s older adults are redefining the experience. They are launching companies and nonprofits, climbing mountains, creating apps and mentoring youth. They increasingly seek lifelong engagement and purpose. They expect their communities to support their changing needs, recognize their abilities, and enable their contributions to the greater good.

“With the gift of longevity, new opportunities have emerged for older adults to pursue work and education, social and civic involvement, and rich interactions with younger people—and one another. At the same time, this fast-growing cohort wants better health care and increased financial security. They seek access to amenities that ease the challenges of aging and enhance quality of life for themselves and their loved ones. In our individual and collective efforts to achieve these goals, where we live has never been more important.

“Bearing in mind this evolving 21st-century profile of older Americans, the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging, in collaboration with the Institute’s Research Department, presents the 2017 “Best Cities for Successful Aging”™ report and index. This third edition of our groundbreaking series methodically evaluates U.S. metropolitan areas on how well they serve the needs and meet the expectations of the nation’s largest-ever population of mature adults, enabling them to age productively, securely, and in optimal health.”

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