Report: Louisiana ranks 48th in the nation for senior health

Report: Louisiana ranks 48th in the nation for senior health
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POSTED: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 1:00pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 1:04pm

Louisiana is ranked 48th for senior health, according to the inaugural edition of United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings Senior Report.

The study shows that that Americans are living longer, but sicker lives. Also, the country's senior population is poised to grow more than 50 percent between 2015 and 2030, making senior health a timely and critical national issue. 

The report finds that Louisiana has its share of strengths and challenges for senior health. 

Louisiana’s Strengths
• High prevalence of flu vaccination
• Ready availability of home health care workers
• Low prevalence of falls

Louisiana’s Challenges
• High prevalence of smoking
• High prevalence of obesity & physical inactivity
• High percentage of seniors living in poverty

Among all 50 States: Minnesota leads the nation for senior health, followed by Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Iowa. Mississippi ranks 50th, preceded by Oklahoma, Louisiana, West Virginia, and Arkansas.

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