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Utah Tops 'Best Places to Grow Old' List

State scores high marks for quality of life, health care and cost

Best states for growing old

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The only state to be listed in a recent survey's top 15 rankings under multiple categories, Utah also offers beautiful nature views, such as Arches National Park in Moab.

Utah tops this year's Caring.com ranking of states as the best places to grow old, scoring high overall marks on the 13 factors the site uses to calculate the survey.

The state was the only one to be listed in the survey's top 15 rankings for quality of life, quality of health care and cost. Unlike some similar surveys, the Caring.com rankings focus primarily on the medical and financial support seniors need as they grow older. Rounding out the top five are Iowa, South Carolina, Washington state and Nebraska.


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The survey used statistics on nursing home costs, in-home care prices, senior living community reviews, elderly well-being assessments and other factors. Among the surveys it used to calculate the rankings was the 2017 Long-Term Services and Supports State Scorecard by the AARP Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund, the SCAN Foundation and the AARP Public Policy Institute.

“We want to use this research as a starting point for really important conversations between family members,” Caring.com Vice President Tim Sullivan said in a statement. “Too many people avoid thinking about senior care until it hits a crisis point. There are good options in every state, but it can take some time to sort out the best approach. So ideally, you’ll get the dialogue going early to help maximize your options.”

Caring.com is a senior care resource site for family caregivers. You can view the complete list here.

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