Indiana ranks 37th nationally in overall health among seniors

Indiana ranks 37th nationally in overall health among seniors, according to a report issued Wednesday by United Health Foundation.

Indiana has one of the highest prevalences of obesity in the nation (45th); 247,000 seniors are obese in the state.

Health disparities were seen, with 62.7 percent of seniors with income greater than $75,000 reporting their health as very good or excellent, compared with 25.5 percent of seniors with an income less than $25,000.

There is some good news for Indiana seniors. The state’s strengths are low percentage of poverty, at 7.1 percent (7th nationally) and a low prevalence of chronic drinking, at 2.3 percent (7th nationally).

According to the report, Minnesota is the healthiest state for seniors for the second year in a row. Hawaii ranks second, followed by New Hampshire (3), Vermont (4) and Massachusetts (5).

Mississippi is the least healthy state for seniors, followed by Louisiana (49), Kentucky (48), Oklahoma (47) and Arkansas (46).

To see the Rankings in full, visit: www.americashealthrankings.org/senior


The full report:

Indiana Ranks 37th for Senior Health,
According to United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings® Senior Report

· Comprehensive analysis of senior health reveals strengths, challenges in Indiana and nationally
· Nationwide, seniors showed encouraging gains in key health measures
· Maintaining momentum on health improvement is key as senior population doubles in size in the next 25 years

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 21, 2014) – Indiana ranked 37th for senior health this year, according to the second edition of United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings® Senior Report.

Nationwide, seniors are showing encouraging gains in key health measures and taking more steps to improve their own health. Notable gains for senior health include declines in physical inactivity, improvements in quality of nursing home care, reductions in avoidable hospitalizations, and increased preparation for end-of-life care.

“United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings Senior Report is a valuable tool for measuring and understanding the key challenges and opportunities facing Indiana’s senior population,” said Dr. Guy Shrake, market medical director, UnitedHealthcare of Indiana. “With the senior population expected to double in size in the next 25 years, it is important that we develop effective programs and solutions that address seniors’ health needs in Indiana and nationwide.”

Indiana’s Overall Health
The America’s Health Rankings Senior Report finds that Indiana has its share of strengths and challenges.

Indiana’s Strengths
· Low percentage of seniors living in poverty
· Low prevalence of chronic drinking
· Low prevalence of food insecurity

Indiana’s Challenges
· High prevalence of obesity
· Low percentage of health screenings
· Many poor mental health days reported per month

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