new study found Arizona ranks No. 11 for where senior citizens’ 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.

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Seniorly today 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.

Arizona ranks No. 11 scoring 189.5 points out of a possible 306. Among the key findings, Arizona saw an 6% decrease in death rates for Alzheimer’s, COPD, cancer, and heart disease.