The America’s Health Rankings Senior Report, now in its ninth year, provides a portrait of the health and well-being of older adults in the U.S., capturing key trends, successes and challenges in order to spark meaningful dialogue and action to improve senior health. Using an updated model that emphasizes the impact that social, economic and environmental factors have on overall health, this year’s Senior Report highlights 49 measures of population health from 22 unique data sources to provide a comprehensive look at the health of seniors across the nation and on a state-by-state basis.
The 49 measures of health are obtained from almost two dozen data sources including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, the Administration on Aging’s State Program Reports and the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. With many measures, the report drills down to expose differences by gender, race/ethnicity, education and income. This examination often reveals differences among groups that can be masked by national or state aggregate data.