Study ranks Florida 28th in improvement to seniors’ lives

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According to a new study, Florida ranks 28th in the United States for improvement to seniors’ lives over the past decade.

COVID-19 resulted in a decline in life expectancy, but aside from the pandemic, seniors are generally living better for longer. The study shows that death rates from common diseases impacting seniors have dropped; Social Security checks have increased even after inflation; and fewer older people are living alone in isolation.

Results of the study, “Where Older Adults are Living Better Lives,” were released Thursday, May 5, by Seniorly, a San Francisco-based company that helps families and older adults find the right options for their needs and budget. The company provides access to thousands of senior living communities, expert insights and personalized recommendations-based search preferences.

The study uses the most recent data from the CDC, U.S. Census Bureau and the Social Security Administration from 2011-2020.

The rankings were determined by comparing all 50 states and District of Columbia across four main categories: physical health, mental health, finances and social lives.

Florida ranks 28th, scoring 154.6 points out of a possible 306. Among the key findings, Florida saw a 3% increase in older adults reporting no poor mental health days in the past month and a 19% increase in older adults per 100,000 residents.

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