Retirement living and aging in place are almost synonymous with
Arizona and Florida. So, how many of their cities made it into the recently
released Best Cities for Successful Aging Index from the
Miliken Institute? Just one.
Looking at 78 factors that most affect seniors' quality of life,
including health care, crime rates and weather as well as economic
and job conditions, housing, transportation, and social engagement
factors that help create a safe, affordable and connected community
for seniors Provo, Utah earned the number one spot for large
Provo scored high in a
wealth of factors: its active, healthy lifestyle (the fewest
fast-food outlets per capita); a No. 1 ranking in growth of small
businesses; seven medical centers in the area, three of them magnet
hospitals; and one of the highest numbers of volunteers per capita.
The top-ranking smaller city, Sioux Falls, S.D., has hospitals that
specialize in geriatric services, and its booming economy provides a
strong financial base, with the highest employment rate among
seniors among the 259 small cities. (Full list at end of article.)
"Cities need to be thinking about how best to make quality of life
improvements for our rapidly-growing senior populations – and such
improvements benefit all age groups," says the Honorable Henry
Cisneros, a member of the index's advisory committee, and the former
Secretary U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well
as the former mayor of San Antonio, Tex. "What the Milken
Institute's index does for the first time is measure communities on
the dimensions that matter most for seniors. It is a real
breakthrough that will be vitally helpful for leaders in making
policies, creating programs, and reshaping communities."
One common attribute of many of the top-performing cities: the
presence of a university. "These communities not only offer
intellectual stimulation for seniors," explains Milken Institute
Economist Anusuya Chatterjee, co-author of the report with Ross
DeVol, chief research officer. "Many also have top-notch
university-affiliated hospitals that provide cutting-edge health
The goal of the index is to encourage and promote best practices in
how U.S. communities serve aging Americans.
The Top 10 large and small metropolitan areas are:
Ranking: 100 largest metros
New York, N.Y.
Des Moines, Iowa (tie)
Salt Lake City, Utah (tie)
Ranking: 259 smaller metros
Sioux Falls, S.D.
Iowa City, Iowa
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Rapid City, S.D.
did you know...
The Economist Intelligence Unit's latest Global Livability Survey ranks Melbourne, Australia as the most livable city in the World.
Tom Schiebout, President of Tomco Company, Inc. located in Andover,
MN, takes us through his process of assessing, recommending and
creating a barrier free in-law suite:
I remember when Jon and Candace first called me. Candace's parents
in Kenosha were not physically capable of taking care of themselves
they had hired to check in on them and bring them food everyday were
not reliable. Jon and Candace felt helpless.
health was rapidly deteriorating and they believed their only
options were to move them to a nursing home or to have them move in
with them in St. Paul.
Not wanting to "shuffle them off to another unknown care situation"
they decided to look into their second option. They knew that some
kind of modification would have to be done on their home to make it
work. All the bedrooms were on the 2nd level and they only had a
small 1/4 bath on the main level.
We did a walk-through assessment of their home identifying all the
ways it could (or could not) be modified to accommodate everyone's
needs. Stair lifts to the second level or basement in the house were
ruled out because of the narrow stairs and hallway. The living room
was regularly used by the household so to turn it into a temporary
bedroom was out. One last possible area was an existing narrow three
season porch that bumped right up to the side boundary setback. We
all agreed this was our best option.
Next, we needed to figure out how to make it safe, provide independence
to their parents
and imagine how it would fit everyone's needs five or ten years
at how this new space would integrate with the rest of the
household. And what could be done in the amount of space available
and their budget.
We re-designed the existing porch and added only a small addition to
the footprint. We ably created an accessible bath, bedroom and
sitting area. Adding a convenient main floor laundry center and a
full basement -- giving them extra space for their teenagers to
hangout. An accessible patio and entry gave their parents
Jon and Candace are thrilled with their addition especially since it
"fits" the house and their neighborhood.
Click here to see more pictures.
Tomco Company, Inc.
located in Andover, Minnesota serves the Minneapolis - St. Paul
region. AIP Bulletin readers located in their service area are
eligible for a complimentary consultation ($200 value). Call
them at 763-434-1522 to schedule an assessment.
did you know...
Four out of ten people don't have a safe way to poop? That's 2.6
billion people. ~ Bill Gates