March 16, 2017—Ithaca has been ranked seventh among the top 10 small metropolitan areas for successful aging in the U.S. by the Milken Institute.
The Milken Institute recently released the third edition of its “Best Cities for Successful Aging” report and index, a collaboration between the Institute’s Center for the Future of Aging and its Research Department. The report evaluates 381 U.S. metropolitan areas to determine how well they serve the needs of the nation’s growing population of mature adults, enabling them to age productively, securely, and in optimal health.
The index and report are designed to highlight the nation’s most livable metropolitan areas—those that enable an optimal quality of life for their aging citizens.
“Cities are on the front lines of the largest demographic shift in history,” said Paul Irving, Chairman of the Center for the Future of Aging. “Lifespans are extending into eight, nine, and ten decades, and older adults increasingly are seeking lifelong engagement and purpose. They expect their cities and communities to support their changing needs.”
To evaluate the metropolitan areas that foster the best overall quality of life for older adults, the Milken Institute utilized public data—83 indicators across nine categories. These categories included general livability, health care, wellness, financial security, living arrangements, employment, education, transportation and convenience, and community engagement.