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United Health Foundation Releases Latest America’s Health Rankings Senior Report

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The United Health Foundation released its third edition of America’s Health Rankings® Senior Report: A Call to Action for Individuals and Their Communities.  The report found Vermont is the healthiest state for seniors, rising from fourth place last year, while New Hampshire ranks second and Minnesota ranks third. Louisiana ranks 50th as the least healthy state for older adults. The America’s Health Rankings Senior Report shows positive trends nationwide for senior health, especially for measures that look at whether seniors are getting the right care in a setting of their choice.

America’s Health Rankings Senior Report: A Call to Action for Individuals and Their Communities offers a comprehensive analysis of senior population health on a national and state-by-state basis across 35 measures of senior health. In commissioning the report, United Health Foundation seeks to promote discussion around the health of older Americans while driving communities, governments, stakeholders and individuals to take action to improve senior health.

Researchers draw data from more than 12 government agencies and leading research organizations to create a focused, uniquely rich dataset for measuring senior health at the state level, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Labor, The Dartmouth Atlas Project, the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger and the Commonwealth Fund.

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