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Salt Lake City, Provo Among Best U.S. Cities for "Successful Aging"

PHOTO: Two cities in Utah are among the best in the U.S. for older Americans to live, according to the Milken Institute's "Best Cities for Successful Aging Index." Photo credit: Utah Department of Human Services.
PHOTO: Two cities in Utah are among the best in the U.S. for older Americans to live, according to the Milken Institute's "Best Cities for Successful Aging Index." Photo credit: Utah Department of Human Services.
November 18, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY - According to the Milken Institute Best Cities for Successful Aging Index, released Tuesday, Provo and Salt Lake City are among the nation's best cities for aging Americans.

The report ranks Provo third and Salt Lake fifth on its list of 100 cities. Laura Polacheck, communications director at AARP Utah, says the report indicates "great things" about both cities.

"They respect and appreciate the fact that people want to stay in their homes as long as possible," she says. "So they've done a lot to make sure people can stay at home and be independent as long as they can."

Polacheck says the cities' high ranking also reflects good public transportation options, along with accessible and affordable homes or apartments, and pedestrian safety that makes it easier to get to commercial and social centers.

She describes quality of life as another key factor in the allure of the top cities in the Milken report.

"Opportunities for social participation and civic engagement mean quite a lot," says Polacheck. "If people are isolated they get lonely and depressed, and it makes it not very friendly at all for someone to live there."

Madison, Wisconsin, and Omaha, Nebraska, rank first and second on the successful aging index, while Stockton, California is last.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - UT