Alexandria, VA – Does it seem like retirement and reaching seniority is just a far-away stage in life and something to think about later? According to the U.S. Census Bureau, almost 20 million Americans will be age 80 or older by 2030, that’s not that far away!
To help seniors discover the most senior-friendly cities around the country, Caring.com conducted a new study, “The Best Places for Seniors.” Alexandria ranked as 117th in the nation! The survey analyzes and ranks 300 cities and 50 states on the quality of senior living in that area. The cities were graded using 70 metrics across six categories: senior housing, engagement, affordability, quality of life, health care and transportation.
“Compiling and analyzing senior care data to provide helpful and highly relevant insights has been part of our social mission since our company was founded in 2007,” says Jason Persinger, Caring’s Chief Digital Officer. “This comprehensive study is designed to help families and seniors understand and discuss the landscape for senior living in specific states, while also supporting our nation’s communities in better serving the growing population of seniors.”
What makes Alexandria so great for senior citizens? Among having top access to exercise opportunities, and opportunities for civic involvement, Alexandrians have easy access to great hospitals such as Inova Fairfax Hospital. Nearby Washington D.C., give seniors an opportunity to visit a variety of museums by Metro or bus.
Alexandria shines in the category of community involvement. In fact, Alexandria leads the state of Virginia as number one! The three main metrics used by Caring.com in this category were how involved seniors are in their government (voting), how often they volunteer and the programs/clubs that facilitate social opportunities.
More than 16,000 seniors call this historic city home, and now we truly understand why! Great job, Alexandria!
To access the complete ranking of the Best and Worst Places for Senior Living, please visit Caring.com.