More than ever, seniors are placing an emphasis on healthy aging. Retirees are living longer than in previous generations, and they expect to be more active than the older adults who came before them. A new report from the United Health Foundation recently revealed which seniors are doing the best job at meeting these goals, highlighting states where older residents are living well. It turns out residents at Massachusetts retirement communities are among the cream of the crop.
The Bay State landed at No. 4 on the list of healthiest destinations for older adults, and it performed well on a number of criteria researchers took into consideration. Some of the most encouraging findings were that just 29.2 percent of the over-65 population reported they were inactive. In some other states, that figure reached nearly 40 percent. It should come as no surprise that Massachusetts also had a low rate of obesity, with only about 22.8 percent of seniors having a body mass index of 30 or above.
Aside from being one of the best states for those looking to pursue a healthy lifestyle for seniors, Massachusetts has much more to offer. According to SmartMoney, seniors who have chosen to retire to the Bay State often tout its beautiful landscape as one of its largest draws, particularly the rural charm of the Berkshires. There is also ample opportunity for intellectual enrichment, whether you'd like to get a history lesson in Boston or enjoy some of the cultural offerings at events such as the Paradise City Arts Festival or Williamstown Theatre Festival. There are also state-of-the-art medical centers to help seniors stay healthy.