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Best Cities for Aging

If 2015 is the year you’ve decided to get serious about researching retirement venues, you may want to take a look at the Milken Institute’s "Best Cities for Successful Aging." In it (http://successfulaging.milkeninstitute.org/bcsa2014.html), the institute studies and ranks 352 U.S. metropolitan areas.

The Milken Institute doesn’t rely on opinion polls, but looks at data and statistics to assess how well a place provides for successful aging.

The research looked at data on everything from health care, transit, and employment, to education opportunities, living options, and overall livability.

According to the report, “Millions of aging adults are upending convention, seeking to remain active and contributing members of their communities. A revolution in the ‘culture of aging’ is underway. Cities are on the frontlines of the challenges and opportunities that accompany this revolution.”

If you’re trying to narrow down future retirement venues, the report lets you quickly hunt for data on the issues that are most important to you.

On the housing front, for example, you can find things like a city’s median house price, median rental price, the cost of assisted living, and the percent of households with aged 65-plus residents.

In addition, the report includes interactive maps, videos, and infographics.

One interesting aspect of the study is that many of the traditional retirement states, such as Florida and Arizona, aren’t on the top ten lists.

Top 10 large metro areas:
1.    Madison, Wis.
  1. Omaha, Neb.-Council Bluffs, Iowa
  2. Provo-Orem, Utah
  3. Boston-Cambridge, Mass.; Newton, N.H.
  4. Salt Lake City, Utah
  5. Jackson, Miss.
  6. Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa
  7. Toledo, Ohio
  8. Austin-Round Rock, Tex.
  9. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Conn.
Top 10 small metro areas:
  1. Iowa City, Iowa
  2. Sioux Falls, S.D.
  3. Columbia, Mo.
  4. Bismarck, N.D.
  5. Rapid City, S.D.
  6. Ames, Iowa
  7. Rochester, Minn.
  8. Ann Arbor, Mich.
  9. Cheyenne, Wyo.
  10. Fargo, N.D.-Minn.

Declutter, prepare your house for spring selling season

January is the month when talk turns to resolutions, and magazines and newspapers give readers tips and resources.

So here it is.

Decluttering the home often ranks right up there with diets and health on New Year’s resolutions lists.

This online resource (www.home-storage-solutions-101.com/declutter.html) can help you in your quest for that Zen living environment.

The site offers that classic approach of setting a timer and suggesting that you deal with stuff in a given space for a set amount of time.

Somehow its methods do the trick for some chronically disorganized folks.

For one, the site provides a calendar of daily to-dos and how-tos for the year.

So, for instance, during January there’s a mission each week—kitchen counters, kitchen cabinets and drawers, pantry, and refrigerator and freezer.

Each day of the week is devoted to an activity associated with that mission, whether that entails purging the junk drawer or making an inventory of the freezer and pantry.

If your kitchen spaces are in good shape, you can skip ahead to other months and find help with dealing with dining rooms, bedrooms and paper clutter.

Especially if you’re preparing your house for sale this spring or later in the year, this daily decluttering strategy will get your spaces in shape slowly and steadily and without panic.

You can sign up to get weekly reminders or join the Declutter 365 Facebook Group for daily reminders; you can find tips on specific problem areas –the dresser, the nightstand or the bathroom counter; and  you can print out monthly calendars, as well as checklists, inventory sheets, and password organizer forms.

Retirement as stress source

Here’s an odd bit of news. Despite the fact that people look forward to it, plan for it for their whole lives, and have fantasies about how great it’s going to be, retirement actually is a pretty stressful event.

Check out the Holmes- Rahe Stress Inventory at the American Institute of Stress (http://www.stress.org/holmes-rahe-stress-inventory/) and the mean value placed on retirement from work.

Retirement is one of life’s top ten stressors.

Some of the others include the death of a spouse, divorce, being fired and a major personal injury or illness. 

By Elyse Umlauf-Garneau