In a new article from The Milbank Quarterly, researchers have developed a new index to measure how the United States deals with their aging and elderly population. Measuring productivity and engagement, security, equity, cohesion and wellbeing, the states were ranked accordingly on how well their elderly populations fared.

From the article: “The level of adaptation to successful aging varied substantially between states and over time. The highest-ranked states in 2017 were Vermont, Hawaii, Iowa, Colorado, and New Hampshire, and the lowest-ranked states were Louisiana, Arkansas, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Mississippi. Mississippi, South Carolina, Iowa, Arizona, and Delaware had the greatest improvement in their ranking over the period of 2003 to 2017.”

According to the research, state policies affect the aging population more than national or federal policies.

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