America's Health Rankings Senior Report 2016: A Call to Action for Individuals and Their Communities

America's Health Rankings Senior Report 2016: A Call to Action for Individuals and Their Communities

Based on thirty-five indicators of senior health, including smoking, obesity and underweight, dental health, and pain management, Massachusetts is the healthiest state for older adults, followed by Vermont, New Hampshire, Minnesota, and Hawaii, a report from the finds. The report, (148 pages, PDF), found that nationally, between 2013 and 2014, preventable hospitalizations and hospital deaths fell 9 percent and 29 percent, while the percentage of adults over the age of 65 who reported very good or excellent health rose 7 percent. At the same time, food insecurity among those over the age of 60 rose 5 percent, the obesity rate for those over the age of 65 climbed 9 percent, and those between the ages of 50 and 64 were found to have a 25 percent higher prevalence of obesity and a 55 percent higher prevalence of diabetes than the current senior population did when its members were middle aged.

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