NEW JERSEY – A new study found New Jersey ranks No. 10 for where senior lives have improved the most over the last decade.
COVID-19 resulted in a decline in life expectancy, but the pandemic aside, seniors are generally living better for longer. Death rates from common diseases impacting seniors have dropped; Social Security checks have increased even after inflation; and fewer older people are living alone in isolation.
Seniorly on Wednesday released a study on Where Older Adults are Living Better Lives using the most recent data from the CDC, U.S. Census Bureau, and the Social Security Administration from 2011-2020.
The rankings were determined by comparing all 50 states and District of Columbia across four main categories: physical health, mental health, finances, and social lives.
New Jersey ranks No. 10 scoring 193.1 points out of a possible 306. Among the key findings, New Jersey saw a 5% decrease in death rates for Alzheimer’s, COPD, cancer, and heart disease; an 8% increase in seniors living below the poverty line; and seniors that live alone decreased by 6%.