United Health Foundation releases senior health report

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The United Health Foundation has released its ‘America’s Health Rankings Senior Report’ for 2016. The group says the study “offers a comprehensive analysis of senior population health on a national and state-by-state basis across 35 measures of senior health.”

Georgia is the 39th ranked state in the report – one spot better than 2015. The state’s strengths included a “low prevalence of excessive drinking; high hospice care use; and a high percentage of health screenings.” Georgia’s “challenges” include “low flu vaccination coverage; a high hip fracture rate; and a low percentage of quality nursing home beds.”

The report also notes that, “In the past three years, smoking [in Georgia] decreased 25% from 10.8% to 8.1% of adults aged 65+” and “In the past three years, [Georgia’s] very good or excellent health status increased 16% from 32.9% to 38.1% of adults aged 65+.”

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