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State Senior Health Rankings Released

The United Health Foundation recently released a report comparing the overall health of seniors across America. The 2013 “America’s Health Rankings Senior Report” ranked each state from No. 1 to No. 50 based on several key health factors, including obesity, smoking, prevalence of chronic disease, access to food and healthcare providers and death rates.
The five states with the healthiest senior populations, according to the report, are:
1.      Minnesota
2.      Vermont
3.      New Hampshire
4.      Massachusetts
5.      Iowa
The five states that scored lowest on the UHF’s report were:
46.  Arkansas
47.  West Virginia
48.  Louisiana
49.  Oklahoma
50.  Mississippi
Overall, the report concluded that seniors in the United States are living longer, but not necessarily healthier. The data gathered indicated that 80 percent of seniors suffered from at least one chronic disease, and half of them had at least two chronic diseases. To see the full list of rankings from the report, click here.
While this data is troubling, it also reinforces the need in this country for skilled, high caliber in-home caregivers from reputable companies like Home Care Assistance. As more people are reaching their later years and living longer, the demand for care services has grown dramatically; nine out of ten seniors don’t want to move to a facility, but instead remain in their home. Our professionally-trained caregivers enable seniors to maintain their independence and quality of life. Further, our proprietary Balanced Care Method emphasizes physical and mental exercise and a healthy diet, lifestyle choices that greatly reduce the risk of developing the chronic diseases that now afflict so many of our nation’s elderly. To learn more about Home Care Assistance’s caregivers and care options and how we can help you or your loved one age remain safely in his or her home, give us a call today at 1-866-454-8346.

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