PROVIDENCE – The Providence-Warwick-Fall River metropolitan area ranked 70th among the 100 largest metro areas in the Milken Institute’s 2017 Best Cities for Successful Aging report and index, a collaboration of the Institute’s Center for the Future of Aging and Research Department, released earlier this week.
That means it is 70th best for adults age 65 and over.
In its third edition, the report from the nonprofit Milken evaluates 381 U.S. metropolitan areas on how well they serve the needs and meet the expectations of the nation’s mature adults.
The report is not about the best places to retire, but instead it said its aim is to “help people fulfill the potential of their later years.”
The Provo-Orem, Utah, metro was the top-ranking metro on the list, coming in No. 1 for general livability, wellness and education. The Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Mass.-N.H., metro also cracked the top 10 best, coming in ninth. It ranked high in transportation and convenience, coming in second in the nation, and 13th best for health care.
In addition to the ranking for all adults age 65 and over, rankings also were conducted for those in the 65-79 range, and for those 80 and older.
The Providence metro slipped to 72nd in the 65-79 age range category, and 76th in the 80 and older category.
Metros were evaluated according to general livability, health care, wellness, financial, education, transportation and convenience, employment, living arrangements and community engagement.
Milken said that the report is the first research of its kind in the United States, and is based on public data, and utilizes 83 indicators that determine the overall quality of life for older adults.
“Ninety percent of them want to age in place, and this index looks directly at how cities are meeting these needs. … We define a best city for successful aging as a safe, affordable, engaging and connected community that offers quality health care and an active lifestyle together with ready access to transportation, education, employment and recreation,” the report stated.