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Jan Mutchler of the University of Massachusetts discusses a new report on the cost of living for elderly Minnesota residents. The report, known as the Elderly Index, suggests many Minnesota seniors struggle to live independently because housing, health care and other expenses exceed their income. Staff photo by Scott Wente

Report highlights elder living costs

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ST. PAUL - Elderly Minnesotans in counties outside the Twin Cities area have lower living costs, a new report shows, but even they struggle to afford to live alone.

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The report from the Elder Economic Security Initiative concludes that living independently is the most affordable option for seniors, but that may not be possible for elderly who rely only on Social Security benefits.

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