New Report Finds Significant Health Concerns Loom for Seniors in Coming Years; Current Seniors Make Health Gains, But Challenges with Obesity and Proper Nutrition Persist
Next-generation seniors set to be less healthy than current seniors, with 55% growth in diabetes, 25% increase in obesity compared to levels of 15 years ago
Current seniors have better health status than three years ago, with progress made in the number of home health care workers, and preventable hospitalizations
Yet, challenges remain, including a nearly 9% increase in the rate of obesity and 5% increase in food insecurity among today's seniors
Report finds Massachusetts replaces Vermont as healthiest state for seniors; Louisiana remains least healthy state for seniors
The United Health Foundation released the 2016 America's Health RankingsSenior Report which provides a comprehensive analysis of senior population health on a national and state-by-state basis across 35 measures of senior health. Now in its fourth year, it continues to serve as a resource for individuals, community leaders, policymakers, public health officials, and the media to benchmark each state's performance on key measures of health and wellness for the senior population. Building on the traditional state rankings, this year's Senior Report also examines today's middle-aged population (age 50 - 64) who will age into senior status (age 65+) over the next fourteen years, and compares their health to the health of the middle-aged population in 1999.