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Is New York a Good Place for Disabled Seniors to Retire?

By    |   Friday, 04 Dec 2015 04:32 PM

While New York may be a hub of activity for younger people and even active retirees, the state has been ranked as one of the worst places for disabled retirees.

U.S. News and World Report in 2013 pegged two New York cities in its list of “The Worst Places to Retire in the U.S.” As one might expect, New York City was one of the cities. However, another is Poughkeepsie, which is situated in between New York City and Albany. What makes Poughkeepsie an undesirable retirement destination is its housing, which is nearly as expensive as New York City. In addition, health care expenses are quite high. Long-term care median expenses are "$371 per day for a nursing home or $3900 monthly for an assisted living facility," the outlet reported.

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New York also has the potential for freezing temperatures and lots of snow in the winter, conditions that aren't very welcoming for disable retirees.

Wallethub.com, ranking the 50 states plus Washington, D.C., in terms of their economic environment, quality of life, and health care for veterans, listed New York 51st, 45th and 15th repsectively. The state also ranked 47th in the overall rankings.

Taxes in the state are also among the steepest in the entire country. The state income tax ranges anywhere from 4.0% to 8.82%, and there are high sales taxes on top of that.

However, the news isn't all bad. New York is home to many state and government agencies that provide services for seniors with disabilities.

The New York State Office for the Aging maintains a number of assistance programs with the mission of helping “older New Yorkers be as independent as possible for as long as possible through advocacy, development, and delivery of person-centered, consumer-oriented, and cost-effective policies, programs, and services.”

Some of the programs they offer are in-home services and supports, long-term care, home energy assistance programs, health insurance counseling, and assistance programs.

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The Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance features a supplemental nutrition assistance program and SSI disability determinations.

Despite the high cost of living in New York state, there are towns and cities that offer reprieves for disabled seniors. Disabled-world.com suggests Ithaca is a place in which retirees can live without enormous living expenses. Ithaca currently doesn’t tax social security income, and $15 is enough to have lunch at one of the popular restaurants in the town.

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