The United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings Senior Report was just released, and it shows how the states stack up in terms of overall senior health. Where does your state rank?
In the study, the clear winner was Minnesota.
The report describes what factors help Minnesota seniors stand out, which sheds light on The United Health Foundation’s methodology:
Minnesota’s strengths include ranking first for all health determinants combined, which includes ranking in the top 5 states for a high rate of annual dental visits, a high percentage of volunteerism, a high percentage of quality nursing home beds, a low percentage of marginal food insecurity, a high percentage of prescription drug coverage, and ready availability of home health care workers. Minnesota also ranks second for all health outcomes combined, including ranking in the top 5 states for a low rate of hospitalization for hip fractures, a high percentage of able-bodied seniors, a low premature death rate, a low prevalence of full-mouth tooth extractions, and few poor mental health days per month.
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The healthiest and unhealthiest states for seniors:
3. New Hampshire
T-18. North Dakota
24. New Jersey
26. Rhode Island
27. South Dakota
29. North Carolina
32. New York
34. South Dakota
38. New Mexico
45. West Virginia
To learn more about the health of seniors in your state, please visit AmericasHealthRankings.org.