Florida senior health ranks No. 30 in U.S.

Florida senior health ranks No. 30 in U.S.

The first “America’s Health Rankings Senior Report: A Call to Action,” uses 34 measurements of health data to grade each state’s performance in providing a healthy environment for men and women ages 65 and over — one of the nation’s fastest-growing age groups.

Florida ranks No. 30 overall among the 50 states. The following are report comments ragarding the Sunshine State,

STRENGTHS

High prevalence of health screenings

High percentage of diabetes management

High percentage of hospice care

CHALLENGES

Limited availability of home health care workers

High prevalence of chronic drinking

Low percentage of volunteerism

HIGHLIGHTS

• A high percentage of seniors in Florida receive recommended health screenings at 90.1 percent of adults aged 65 and older.

• The percentage of older adults with arthritis whose usual activity is not limited by pain is low at 48.1 percent of adults aged 65 and older.

• Florida has a low percentage of low-care nursing home residents at 8.5 percent of nursing home residents.