Everyone ages, but how a person copes with the health challenges that come with old age can depend on many factors, including where they live.

Unfortunately, Alaska ranks as the third-worst state in which to grow old in a recent study done by 24/7 Wall St.

It turns out that some states offer better options for elder care than others, after calculating the costs of in-home care, assisted living centers or nursing homes, as well as quality of care, according to the study.

Alaska has the smallest share in the U.S. with only 10.2 percent of residents who are 65 or older. Other factors included is the less-than-friendly weather, high cost of living, shipping costs and the distance from Alaska to the Lower 48.

The top five worst states to grow old in include:

  1. Mississippi
  2. West Virginia
  3. Alaska
  4. Louisiana
  5. Arkansas

The five best states to grow in include:

  1. New Hampshire
  2. Vermont
  3. Minnesota
  4. Virginia
  5. Massachusetts

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