Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Traveling Tuesdays: Five Best and Worst States for Senior Health

Do you plan to move after retirement?


Are you planning on moving in your Golden Years? The following ten states, rated best and worst for senior health, may affect your decision!

Best in the Nation

1.Minnesota is the best state for seniors 65 and older. A higher number of seniors participate in dental care. Nearly 70% of Minnesota seniors report they are able-bodied.

2. Hawaii has happy seniors, which increases their life. The low number of smokers and overweight citizens adds to the state’s healthy history.

3. New Hampshire offers quality nursing homes that give good care to residents. Over 90% of residents ages 65 – 74 participate in recommended screening like colonoscopies and mammograms.  

4. Vermont seniors aged 65 and over report very good or excellent health. Healthy people are happy, which lowers mortality rate. Fewer seniors smoke in Vermont.

5. Massachusetts has high participation rates in health screenings and dental visits for seniors which promotes good health. Physical activity is very high.

Worst in the Country

5. Arkansas has one out of every four adults 60 and older facing hunger on a constant basis. Without proper nutrition, the body cannot fight disease.

 4. Oklahoma senior citizens have a low record of physical activity and the most hip fractures in the US.  Hip fractures result in long-term care and consequent depression.

3. Kentucky reports the most inactive seniors in the nation. Illnesses like bacterial pneumonia are ignored until they require hospitalization.

2. Louisiana has the highest number of obese senior citizens in the U.S., leading to diseases like stroke and diabetes.

1. Mississippi’s senior health is worst of all, starting with the most cognitive difficulties and highest percentage of senior poverty. Unhappiness, hunger, and lack of health care are the result.

31 comments:

  1. So happy to hear my home state of Massachusetts made the good list LOL Another reason I love living here.

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    1. Good attitude and happiness makes people healthier! Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. This is such good information to have before planning a trip. Thanks so much for sharing this.

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    1. We just all need to take a trip to Hawaii every couple of years. Thanks for visiting.

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  3. So not Florida? I thought everyone retired in Florida. That is really interesting you'd think Florida would have good senior healthy care for that reason alone.

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    1. I was surprised,as well. Florida was 28th due to physical inactivity, overweight, and smoking. The saddest part is that it is expensive to live in Florida or take part in activities..

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  4. I had no idea about all of these states. I'd hope to retire in an area that helped with a healthy lifestyle!

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    1. As individuals, we can help ourselves and try to motivate others to stay healthy.

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  5. Very interesting! I'm in Canada so it doesn't matter much to me but I love hearing all about these types of things because I know people all over!

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    1. I read an article about women tending to live longer than men in Toronto. There are so many studies in different areas that we never hear about.

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  6. This list isn't shocking. We have major health problems in the south.

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    1. It is sad, isn't it? We have them in Nevada, too. One of the major problems is the lack of healthy food. Thanks for your input.

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  7. I had no idea states were ranked like this! I'm glad to see Texas is not in either extreme. I am sure I know why Hawaii is on the best list!

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    1. We all need to take care of ourselves so we're the best we can be!

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  8. How interesting! I think I need to move to Hawaii. :-)

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    1. Respect and love for senior citizens in Hawaii help keep people healthy.

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  9. I agree that I need to move to Hawaii! I'd love the active lifestyle I know I'd have there.

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    1. Activity, motivation, and enthusiasm are definitely a trend that gets people moving in that state!

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  10. Wow, i will keep this in mind for the future. Who knew!!

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    1. Meanwhile, let's try to make life better for someone in our own area:)

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  11. Interesting post. I did not know that about Oklahoma.

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    1. I was shocked about Oklahoma. Sounds like calcium, vitamin D, and exercise are in order for all ages to avoid hip fractures in a later time.

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  12. Interesting! I never knew any of this before! Unfortunately we aren't in the best, but I guess we are not in the worst either! :)

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    1. The best part is we can all help things get better wherever we are. A smile may even make the difference to an older person.

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  13. I definitely want to retire in Hawaii

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    1. Wouldn't that be fun? Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. This is definitely interesting information! We are in WNC and it seems several of our seniors retire to FL for warmer weather.

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  15. Hawaii may be good for health, but its rated on some of the worst lists for overall retirement due to the cost of living. So many other warm and fun places to retire to without the price tag.

    I have to say, the worst list sort of surprises me a bit.

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  16. Some of the worst are surprising. No shocked that Hawaii is one of the best though.

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  17. So interesting! Send me to Hawaii and I'm sure that I would always be happy!
    ~Amanda

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  18. Wow this is great information. I had no idea who would be on the list.

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